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1. Have students prepare a guide that introduces others to information sources in a subject field. Each source includes a written descriptive or evaluative annotation.
2. Ask students to create an annotated bibliography that must includes some of the library's "proprietary" resources (i.e., articles from databases, articles from specialized encyclopedias, books, etc.). In addition to a summary of the main ideas from each source, ask students to: incorporate at least one "citation in text" into each annotation and include a few sentences on the authority/credibility of the source, as well as the unique or important information each source brings to the topic at hand. [adapted from Tacoma Community College]
3. Develop a bibliographical essay that synthesizes scholarly works about a "classic" work in the field or topic. Explain why certain sources were chosen while others were excluded. Explain gaps in the literature or make suggestions for future scholarship and criticism, that is, what meaningful critical work remains to be done? Include a complete works cited page.
4. Survey the critical reception of a topic or work during specific time period. Discuss a major issue and the various scholarly or critical "camps" associated it.