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Ideas for Incorporating Research into Courses

Specific Goals for Students

1. Using print and electronic information retrieval systems, students will be able to obtain appropriate periodicals and/or monographs.

Sample assignment #1 - Database Comparison 
Sample assignment #2 - Prepare an Interview
Sample assignment #3 - Corporate Event 
Sample assignment #4 - Historical Figure for a Day
Sample assignment #5 - Important People in a Discipline
Sample assignment #6 - Forecasting 
Sample assignment #7 - What If?
Sample assignment #8 - Diagnosis
Sample assignment #9 - Evolution 
Sample assignment #10 - In Class Debate

2. Evaluate the validity and importance of information in both print and electronic formats, 

Sample assignment #11 - Tracking Cases, Writing Briefs
Sample assignment #12 - Letter to the Editor 
Sample assignment #13 - Historical Video Assignment
Sample assignment #14 - Viewpoint of a Culture/Country
Sample assignment #15 - Collection Building
Sample assignment #16 - Trace a Concept through Time
Sample assignment #17 - How Conditions Have Changed
Sample assignment #18 - Changing Views of a Classic
Sample assignment #19 - Update a Literature Review

and be able to distinguish between scholarly and popular publications.

Sample assignment #20 - Tabloid Claims
Sample assignment #21 - Research a News Item
Sample assignment #22 - Dissecting a Scholarly Article
Sample assignment #23 - Fleshing-Out a Newspaper Article
Sample assignment #24 - Writing a Newspaper Article
Sample assignment #25 - Scholarly Analysis of an Event in History
Sample assignment #26 - Popular vs. Scholarly Articles
Sample assignment #27 - Comparing Print & Web Resources

3. Know when and how to use the Internet appropriately in research.

Sample assignment #28 - Suitability of Internet Information
Sample assignment #29 - Internet Search
Sample assignment #30 - Evaluating a Web Site
Sample assignment #31 - Alternative Viewpoints

4. Know how to appropriately attribute an information resource using a standard/accepted citation method.

Sample assignment #32 - Anatomy of a Research Paper
Sample assignment #33 - Classic Research Paper
Sample assignment #34 - Write a Grant Proposal
Sample assignment #35 - Prepare an Annotated Bibliography

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