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The Effective Research Assignment

What to Avoid

Plagiarism & Citing

Suggested Resources

Suggested Resources

Florida SouthWestern State College Librarians are your main resource. Librarians can assist you by:

  • Providing Research Instruction to your class: For more information, including a librarian contact list, go to
  • Providing one-on-one research instruction to your students: Librarians can help student locate, evaluate, and cite sources on a one-on-one basis in the library. For Campus Library hours and locations, go to
  • Helping faculty develop effective research assignments: FSW Librarians are happy to collaborate with faculty on the development of effective research assignments. Simply contact the appropriate campus librarian for assistance at
Assessment Rubric for Research Skills

The Florida SouthWestern State College Libraries Research Skills Assessment Rubric provides a guideline for developing and assessing assignments that encourage students to demonstrate the ability to identify, locate, understand, evaluate, and use information. The ideal assignment provides an opportunity for the student to articulate a problem to be solved through research skills. Recommended assignments include the Annotated Bibliography, Research Journal, Literature Review, Essay, and Research Paper.

Click here to access the FSW Libraries’ Assessment Rubric for Research Skills.

Additional recommended resources include: