Library Services Outage

Most library web services (including this site)  will be unavailable Wednesday, June 1st, between 5:45 am and 7:15 am due to planned maintenance on electrical feeders on the WSU Pullman Campus. We anticipate services will return on schedule.

Until services return, you may find materials at WorldCat Discovery.



Creating Effective Library Assignments

General Principles and Guidelines:

  • Identify a purpose or rationale for the assignment that is clearly communicated to the students
  • Connect your assignment to pertinent WSU information literacy learning outcomes
  • Make sure the assignment is closely tied to the course content to provide relevance
  • Check with the WSU Libraries' Subject Area Guides to learn of relevant resources for your assignment
  • Work through the assignment yourself
  • Be sure that each resource listed on your assignment has the complete name of the item, accurate usage of terminology is a must
  • Create assignments so that a large number of students are not trying to get access to a very small number of resources


Contact a Subject Area Specialist (Librarian) for help with the following:

  • Learn about available resources and potential resources limitations
  • To put heavily used materials on reserve
  • To schedule a course-integrated instruction session
  • To put a paper copy of your assignment at the reference desk
  • To encourage your students to use reference services to get help if they need assistance


Suggestions for library based assignments (beyond the traditional research paper):

Using components of the course content as a topic:

  • Create an annotated bibliography
  • Prepare a (fictitious) interview with a relevant person
  • Compare and contrast primary and secondary sources
  • Compare and contrast popular versus scholarly sources
  • Compare and contrast publications information) over time
  • Compare and contrast publications (information) reflecting conservative and liberal political persuasions
  • Compare and contrast publications (information) across disciplines
  • Compare and contrast publications (information) across geographic regions
  • Compare and contrast publications (information) among the various types of reference resources
  • Compare and contrast publications (information) available from article indexes with information available on the open Internet
  • Compare and contrast key serial (journal or periodical) publications