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Research Assignment Design for Student Success: From the Student's View

From the Student's View

Do Not Assume Students:


  • Have had previous experience in using the library.
  • Have already been oriented to the library.
  • Have had library orientations relevant to your assignment.
  • That transfer or new graduate students have experience in this library system.
  • Have basic library skills adequate for upper-level, subject-based research assignments.
  • Have had enough guidance on the research process. 
  • Know enough about a discipline to know what to look for and where to look.
  • Will do original thinking instead of listing what they have found.

Plagiarism and Citation

Assumptions About Plagiarism and Citation

  • Assumptions About Student Experience with Citation Style:  Students who have taken our Comp and Lit course(s) use MLA citation style, but they may need some review and most will have never used APA style.  Refer students to our online citation guides and to the Writing Center for help, and/or cover this in class.
  • Plagiarism:  Many students do not understand what constitutes plagiarism.  Most assignment handouts and syllabi may mention the penalties for plagiarism, but actual examples are not usually covered in class. Requiring students to use may aid in their understanding of plagiarism.

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