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Criteria for effective library assignments

The following criteria will provide you with some guidance when developing or re-evaluating library assignments.

Relevance

  • Relate your assignment to the topics, subjects, and/or the texts being discussed in class.

Purpose

  • Provide clear objectives and directions for completing your assignment.

Flexibility

  • Provide a variety of topics from which your students can choose.
  • Provide a list of various resources your students can consult.
  • Date ranges, when included, should be flexible enough to accomodate all of the topics chosen by your students.

Accuracy

  • Provide correct titles, locations, and call numbers when suggesting materials to consult.

Doable

  • Make sure the assignment is appropriate to the knowledge/skill level(s) of your students.
  • Make sure that there is sufficient information available at the Libraries for the topics chosen by your students.
  • Make the due date/time frame realistic based on the availability of materials.

Free of library jargon

  • Define terms such as "abstract" vs. "annotation," "citation," "index," "scholarly journal" vs. "popular magazines" if you include them in your verbal or written directions.

Fosters critical thinking

  • An intregal part of doing research is evaluating the information found.
  • This could translate into requiring annotations (critical interpretations) to bibliographies, comparing different accounts of the same event, judging criticism or opinions against one's own views, etc.

Newman Library tour options

Self-guided audio tour

Our primary tour option for individuals is a self-guided, audio tour with a graded quiz that can be used to show attendance for classes that require participation or give extra credit. Locations and services are highlighted, and the tour takes about an hour. You can use your mobile device or check out an iPad from the Circulation Desk.

 

Newman Library spring hours

Sun: Open 9:00am*
Mon-Thu: Open 24 hours*
Fri: Close 8:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 8:00pm

* During 24 hour operation, a valid Hokie Passport is required to access or remain in the library between 12 midnight and 7:30am.

Current semester hours

Art + Architecture Library spring hours

Sun: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Mon-Thu: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sat: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Current semester hours

NVC Resource Center spring hours

Sun: Closed
Mon-Thu: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Current semester hours

Veterinary Medicine Library spring hours

Sun: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Mon-Thu: 7:30am - 11:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Current semester hours