1. Have students watch NCSU's From Idea to Library, so they understand academic writing and what all that stuff is in the library. (This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license.)
2. Grade the research -- not just the speech, paper, or project.
3. Break big assignments into small steps so students aren't overwhelmed. (Proposal, source list, outline, draft, etc.) Here are links to 2 short readings about scaffolding learning:
More tips for designing assignments:
There are lots of assignment options that can help students learn research without throwing them into a full research paper assignment. Here are some great suggestions:
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