Faculty - are your students information literate? Most students may be "computer literate" but they are NOT "information literate". Would you like your students to know how to access the journal articles, reference materials, and quality web sites in their field? Do you think it is important for students to learn how to evaluate the information they use for accuracy, point-of-view, and authority? Would you like some advice on creating interesting library research assignments?
Encourage Better Writing by Encouraging Better Research
Create effective library assignments
Relate to course goals and tie in with other course assignments
Match the educational level of the students
Communicate specific learning objectives
Stress tasks and resources as well as the topic
Require, for research papers, a working thesis and bibliography to be submitted early on
Encourage critical thinking by offering several possible topics and sources of answers
Require source evaluation as part of the assignment
Can usually be completed in whole or in part by using local resources
Involve collaboration with librarians and faculty ("assignment alert"; assignment design; scheduled instruction with a librarian)
Please try to avoid
Giving research assignments before verifying that material is available in the Library
Assigning the exact same topic or assignment to everyone
Sending students on a "scavenger hunt"
Using "canned" library assignments from workbooks
Incorrect citations-ask us first.
Explore the Hinkle Library Web site
Search reference databases in ASC and Alfred University's online catalogs
Find articles in general interest indexes with full-text
More resources are offered, specializing in full-text and citation indexes
Research help is available via on-line documentation guides and prepared research guides
Schedule a library research class geared to your subject area and assignment, request a resource list or web bibliography.
Contact Barbara Greil at 607-587-4313 or 607-587-4516 (voicemail) for more information.
The Libraries of the SUNY College of Technology at Alfred endeavor to provide assistance and instruction which lead users to independent research, regardless of their ability. Though staff limitations make extensive individual assistance impossible, every effort will be made to assist users with reasonable requests to obtain needed information.
Patrons with disabilities who require extensive assistance should contact Barbara Greil, First floor Hinkle Library 607-587-4313