- Create a short annotated bibliography on a topic
- Find an article in American Psychologist and evaluate it.
- Find a book on a topic and evaluate it.
- Create a citation for a specific article.
- Create a short bibliography on a topic.
- Fact check a Wikipedia article. Not only does this assignment require research, it
also teaches important lessons about the quality of information found online.
- Create a grant proposal for a project in your discipline. A good proposal will include
a literature review, justification, budget, impact, etc.
- Create a research guide on a topic for other students that includes books, articles,
and quality websites.
- Nominate someone or a group for a Nobel Prize (choose the prize most appropriate for
your class) and justify the nomination.
- Create a problem scenario for your class; this could be a disease to diagnose for
a health class, an engineering problem, or a case study. Students would need to justify
their solutions with actual data and research.
Assignments Using Archives
- Using the student newspaper archive, have students trace the development of how Utah Valley University has addressed
challenges such as parking, student diversity, engaged learning, tuition, and others.
- Have students select an artifact from the Sutherland Archives and research its history and meaning. Our collection currently holds opium boxes,
samurai swords, and a jade club.
- Have students select an image from our photograph collections as a starting point
for a research project on local, technological, or social history.
- Ask students to analyze the advertisements in the newspaper collections. How do they
reflect changes in advertising, gender politics, or popular culture?
- Using our oral history collections as a model, have students create their own oral histories of fellow students, friends,
or family. The theme and subject possibilities are endless.
- Using materials from our nineteenth century materials (letters, photos, diaries, maps,
and so on), have students create short documentaries about Utah's pioneer period.
- When do you know you have trustworthy information?
- What makes a good research question?
- Evaluate a journal to determine its scholarly value.
- What are some common problems with citation?
- What are some things you would look for when evaluating a source?
- Why are citations important?
- Why is it important to use scholarly sources? Why can't I just use Google or Wikipedia?
- Why use library databases and not just Google?