Tips for Reinforcing Competencies

If you currently require students to:

Consider having them:

Reinforce research competencies by:

Attend Lectures
  • Locate and evaluate a scholarly article on the lecture topic.
  • Find biographical information on the speaker
  • Use a research database covering a wide variety of topics and resources such as Academic Research Complete or a specialized database, such as Biography Reference Bank.
Participate in class discussions
  • Locate and cite an outside source as evidence for a response.
  • Locate further information on a topic that occurred during class discussion.
  • Bring materials (books, articles, websites) to share in class discussions.
  • Use the library catalog to find books, movies and government information.
  • Use sources suggested on the library subject/major research guide appropriate to the topic or course.
Write papers
  • Locate and evaluate information sources - have students write "all but the paper" research proposals & annotated bibliographies.
  • Submit a working thesis and bibliography early in the research process.
  • Include a variety of sources as evidence of research, including primary source material.
  • Write an annotated bibliography.
  • Compare popular and scholarly or primary and secondary coverage on the same topic.
  • Use the library's guidelines for evaluating web resources and information.
  • Use the library's Citing Sources information on citations, citation styles and annotated bibliographies.
  • Use the library subject/major research guide appropriate to the topic or course.
Give a speech or presentation


Create a multi-media product (podcast, video, etc.)

Participate in Blogs, Discussion Boards (Blackboard), or other Web 2.0 media:

  • Provide references or write a blog post about their research process.
  • Understand the research process better by being able to describe what resources were used and why they were selected.
Read a textbook or other course reading
  • If available through a library resource, ask students to locate the article or reading, rather than provide them a copy in class.
  • Research and report on a footnote in a textbook or article.
  • Use a non-current article to update the topic with current information sources.
  • Use a citation database to trace an article, a classic paper or a scholar's career.
  • Use the library databases to locate and access journal articles.
  • Use specialized features of a database, such as ISI Web of Science