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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 accommodate all of the topics chosen by your students.

Accuracy

  • Provide correct titles, locations, and call numbers when suggesting materials to consult.
  • Ensure this material still exists in our changing collections.

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 integral 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 exam hours

Sun, Dec 14: open 7:30am*
Mon-Wed, Dec 15-17: open 24 hours*
Thu, Dec 18: close 8:00pm
Fri, Dec 19: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Sat-Sun, Dec 20-21: 9:00am - 6:00pm

* 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

NVC Resource Center winter 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 fall hours

Sun, Dec 14: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Mon-Thur, Dec 15-18: 7:30am - 11:00pm
Fri, Dec 19: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sat-Sun, Dec 20-21: Closed

Current semester hours