Research Scavenger Hunt

Assignment Objectives
  • Students will be able to find a librarian in order to ask relevant questions to their research.
  • Students will be able to identify a credible, academic source.
  • Students will be able to create a correct MLA citation for a source.
  • Students will be able to understand the differences between summary and critique and produce both for a source.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a level-appropriate research process and source search strategy.
Relevant Course Objective
  • Students will be able to identify the steps of the research process and apply information literacy skills in a variety of contexts.

Format: Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, SINGLE-SPACED
Will be turned in through "Assignments" on Blackboard as always (with the exception of the Library Visit Form, which will be turned by the day assignment is due in hard copy)

Items to find in the Course Research Scavenger Hunt

1) A signed Library Visit Form.
  • Print the Library Visit Form: Library Visit Form.docx
  • Go to the library and consult with one of the librarians about your research.
  • Have your librarian fill out the Library Visit Form.
  • Turn in the form in class (this will be the only part you turn in as a hard copy).

2) A credible, academic source relevant to the subject of your Course Research.
  • Questions about how to find a source? Why don't you ask a librarian?
  • Questions concerning credibility? Ask Dr. T or our librarian! Another source:
  • Also read further in: Research and Citation Help
  • Preferred options for type of source: journal article or book article (as these have enough content but are short enough to profile in the Scavenger Hunt)

3) A correct MLA citation for this source (i.e. what would appear in a Works Cited).

4) A summary of source’s content, particularly its argument (200 words).

5) A brief critique of source’s content (200 words).
  • Primary question to answer: is the source effective in proving its argument and how?
  • What is a critique? See: Texas A&M University Writing Center: Analyzing Scholarly Articles (there is a lot that is not relevant to a brief critique - scan through it all, but you should focus on the bottom of the page under the heading "Critical Evaluation: So What?"; everything is relevant after the statement, "Your critical evaluation of the article..." )

6) A search log, detailing how you found the source, including:
  • Library research databases you used and the order in which you consulted them.
  • Search terms you used and the order in which you tried them.
  • Criteria you used to narrow down your search.
  • Criteria you used to determine credibility of the source.
  • Reasons you chose your final source.
  • For a template that you can cut and paste into your own document: Course Research Scavenger Hunt Research Log.docx

7) A paragraph outlining your idea for your Course Project (200 words).

Note: as always, if you directly quote from the source, you should use parenthetical (in-text) citations
Note: keep records of (or copies of) the other research you find during your search to use later for your Course Research

Further Resources:

Grade Breakdown:
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