Librarians are available to collaborate with you to develop assignments that strengthen information seeking skills and encourage critical thinking. Below are a few tips and suggestions to keep in mind when planning your next research assignment.
It may be time to re-think the traditional library research project. Instead of focusing on having students gather a set number of sources for a standard term paper, look at assignments that teach students how to think critically, how to ask questions, and how to use different strategies to gather information to answer those questions.2 Take the first step by contacting your liaison librarian or Melissa Mallon, Coordinator of Library Instruction, at x 5077 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your interest in creating assignments/exercises that reinforce critical thinking skills.
1Mahaffy, Mardi. “Encouraging Critical Thinking in Student Library Research: An Application of National Standards.” College Teaching 54.4 (2006): 324-327.
2Cheney, Debora. “Problem-Based Learning: Librarians as Collaborators and Consultants.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 4.4 (2004): 495-508.