See Assignment Ideas to explore different possible approaches beyond a traditional research paper.
Research assignments can address many of the LEAP Initiatives' Essential Learning Outcomes:
(The LEAP Initiatives' Essential Learning Outcomes may spark ideas about learning goals and outcomes.)
Your students may not have prior experience with academic research and resources. State (in writing) details like:
Also consider discussing how research is produced and disseminated in your discipline, and how you expect your students to participate in academic discourse in the context of your class.
Breaking a complex research assignment down into a sequence of smaller, more manageable parts:
Periodic class discussions about the assignment can also help students
By testing an assignment, you may identify practical roadblocks (e.g., too few copies of a book for too many students, a source is no longer available online).
Librarians can help with this process (e.g., suggest research strategies or resources, design customized supporting materials like handouts or course research guides).