A 2010 research study conducted by Project Information Literacy showed that the majority of sample handouts for research assignments did not adequately guide students to finding and using information
The ensuing report, "Assigning Inquiry: How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today’s College Students," revealed that the majority of research assignment descriptions provided more information on formatting, layout, and other mechanics than on how to do college research. The following are five major findings from this study:
Research assignment handouts are the guides that students employ to understand your expectations and how to find, evaluate, and use information. Handouts also provide direction for anyone helping students: librarians, writing coaches, tutors, peers.
Consider how your assignment handout fulfills the context needs of students during the research process:
Determining how far to go with research activities in light of meeting the instructor's expectations
Estimating how much time to spend on a research assignment
Figuring out how to get a “good grade”/what success looks likes
Locating sample papers from students provided by the instructor
Finding guidelines for paper submission
Learning what research has been published about the topic
Locating full-text versions of potential research sources
Adding Situational Context
Adding Information-Gathering Context
Searching for Information
Provide citation guidance
Carter, Toni M. Introducing Scholarly Research : Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans and Activities for Undergraduates. ALA Editions, 2022.
Location: ZA3088.5.C65 C37 2022
With over 30 lesson plans, this book contains numerous tools and activities for information literacy instruction.
Upson, Matt, et al. Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research and Web Literacy. Second edition., The University of Chicago Press, 2021.
Location: ZA3075 .U67 2021
First published in 2015, Information Now has helped college students address information literacy in the form of a short, humorous graphic guide. It explains how information is organized, both on the open web and in library resources, and how to navigate those sources to find good, trustworthy answers. The book also covers online misinformation and offers simple strategies for fact-checking websites.
Association of College & Research Libraries. Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Chicago: American Library Association, February 9, 2015. http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework
Bean, John C. “Designing and Sequencing Assignments to Teach Undergraduate Research” in Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, 2nd ed., Jossey-Bass, 2011, pp. 224–63.
Head, Alison J. and Michael B. Eisenberg. Assigning Inquiry: How handouts for research assignments guide today’s college students. Project Information Literacy Research Institute, July 13, 2010. https://projectinfolit.org/publications/research-handouts-study/
Kulthau, Carol. "Information Search Process." Rutgers University http://wp.comminfo.rutgers.edu/ckuhlthau/information-search-process