The activities included here reflect the principles presented in the OSU LIbraries' Effective Research Assignments workshop. To find out more about those, and additional resources, check out the accompanying research guide.
If there is an author/creator listed for an activity, please make sure to credit them accordingly.
Sample Assignments - Audience
One way to add authenticity and focus to research assignments is to define a real-world audience for students. This encourages students to think about the rhetorical value of the sources they select, and provides you with a framework to assess their choices.
Sample Assignments - Evaluation
Pushing students beyond relevance ("my keywords were in the title") as they evaluate and select sources is really important, and really difficult. Students need to learn how to apply the criteria used by a professional or academic community when they choose sources, but they cannot do this without guidance. These activities help students make those connections.
Sample Assignments - Critical Reading
To effectively choose and use outside sources, students must be able to critically read them. But many of the reading habits they bring with them from secondary school do not translate well to scholarly sources. Students need to learn how to read academic sources. These activities give them structured opportunities to read critically and effectively.