- Detail the amount and type of resources your students will locate for the assignment. When appropriate, distinguish the source locations; for example, you may want your students to utilize only those sources from an electronic database (peer-reviewed or scholarly sources).
- At other times, you may require a mix of books and web sites. When assigning the use of web sites, you may indicate that only .edu or .gov URL locations are acceptable (while excluding .com or .org URL designators). Whatever the case, be specific in your requirements so that your students will know the "boundaries" of their research. Attempt to specify the expected incorporation of these sources - do you accept quotations, paraphrasing, or a mixture of both?
- Provide the library with a copy of your assignment, so that relevant resources can be targeted and, perhaps, put on reserve so that all students will have access to the necessary materials. Coordinate the timing of your assignment with a librarian visit so that instructional examples and handouts targeting relevant topics and information sources can be prepared for your students.
(ACRL Standards II & III)