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Designing Internet research assignments: building a framework for instructor collaboration

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Author(s): David Ward | Sarah Reisinger

Journal: Information Research: an international electronic journal
ISSN 1368-1613

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 89;
Date: 2000;
Original page

Keywords: Internet | courses | instructional technology | undergraduate research assignments | information access | library assignments | term papers | research projects | Web | information resources | librarians | instructors

ABSTRACT
Internet knowledge is increasing steadily among instructors in the academic world. As courses incorporate more instructional technology, traditional undergraduate research assignments are adapting to reflect the changing world of information and information access. New library assignments reflect this shift as well, with term papers and research projects asking students to use Web sites as an information resource, in addition to the standard literature of periodicals and monographs. But the many pitfalls the library profession has learned in its own metamorphosis during the past decade are often repeated in these newer course assignments. The authors in this paper present a framework for librarians to interact with instructors to incorporate Internet resources into traditional term paper and research assignments. They suggest a framework for creating sample assignments librarians can take to campus instructional units, to show the teaching community at large what the library profession has learned from first-hand experience.
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