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Robust Assignments

Students' knowing how to understand and synthesize complex, lengthy sources is essential to effective plagiarism prevention. If instructors know how shallowly students are engaging with their research source - and that is what the Citation Project research reveals - then they know what responsible pedagogy needs to address. --The Citation Project

Robust information-based research assignments can help students engage more deeply in the research process. 


Librarians can help re-think research assignments so that they require students to do more than find and cite sources.

Backward Design Model

The following model can help you and your librarian design effective assignments that address your learning goals and engage students directly in the activities required to meet those goals.

Backward Design - Identify desired result then determine acceptable evidence of learning and then design learning experiences and instruction

Further Resources

Contact your Subject Librarian for help designing library research assignments and related instructional activities.