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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 break hours

Sun, Nov 23: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Mon-Tue, Nov 23-25: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Wed, Nov 26: 7:30am - 12:00noon
Thu-Fri, Nov 27-28: Closed
Sat, Nov 29: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sun, Nov 30: open 9:00am*

* 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 break hours

Sun, Nov 23: Closed
Mon-Tue, Nov 24-25: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wed-Sun, Nov 26-30: Closed

Current semester hours

NVC Resource Center break hours

Sun, Nov 23: Closed
Mon-Tue, Nov 24-25: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Wed-Sun, Nov 26-30: Closed

Current semester hours

Veterinary Medicine Library break hours

Sun, Nov 23: Closed
Mon-Tue, Nov 24-25: 7:30am- 11:00pm
Wed, Nov 26: 7:30am - 12:00noon
Thu-Sat, Nov 27-29: Closed
Sun, Nov 30: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Current semester hours