ACC Faculty Librarians can partner with you to design an assignment that matches the outcomes of your course.
We also can help you develop alternative ideas if you don’t want a formal research paper.
Contact your subject librarian to get started.
Advantages of Teaching Faculty - Faculty Librarian Collaboration:
Teaching Faculty Benefits
How does it work?
1. Provide links in your syllabus to ACC Library Subject Guide for your course.
2. Require students to view Choosing a Topic tutorial and take the quiz before turning in their topics for their assignment.
3. Schedule a Library Instruction Session the week before the students turn in their bibliography to you.
4. Require students to view the Finding Background Information tutorial after the instruction session.
If you have an assignment that includes research, your campus librarian can review it for you. After reviewing the assignment, the librarian will identify resources (usually in the form of URLs that you can scaffold right into the assignment for your consideration. We look for resources that will support your students' success. We can also offer you language that will encourage resource use.
We have thousands of resources, both online and in print, in our collections. We can help steer your students away from simply relying on web pages and toward higher quality sources.
Appropriate Resources & Using the Internet
Students often come to the reference desk and tell us their instructor said they can't use the Internet. Many of our important library subscriptions and resources are available online. There's a big difference between subscription databases and free Internet sites. Make sure you explain these differences to your students. If you need assistance, let us know.
Don't assume that your students have had prior experience using libraries or performing library research. The majority of students have never been presented with the number of information choices they find in a college library.
Choosing a topic is often difficult for students - that's why ACC Library Services offers a great tutorial on Choosing a Topic.
If you wish your students to find a topic of current interest you might suggest that they use a database such as the Opposing Viewpoints or the CQ Researcher database. These databases provide weekly comprehensive reports exploring current and controversial issues with summaries, a history and overview of the topic, future outlook, opposing viewpoints and bibliographies.
As at most academic libraries, resources change from semester to semester so it's always a good idea to review an assignment before assigning it to your class. Print resources can change physical locations or may be updated or even discarded. Electronic resources may switch vendors and take on a different interface, or they may expand or delete their holdings without any notification. Check your assignments regularly so that you're not asking your students to use something incorrectly or direct them to something that's no longer available.
Don't hesitate to contact your campus librarian for assistance! We are happy to help you!