I got a last minute-ish request from one of my favorite faculty members to talk to his Shakespeare students about an upcoming assignment. They have to read a Shakespeare play on their own, then write a paper and present to the rest of the class.
Here is an excerpt from the assignment sheet (pardon my notes):
In building my LibGuide, I tailored box titles to the assignment’s “ingredient list.” I couldn’t provide specific resource pathways for every single ingredient (specifically #4 & #7), but that’s the nature of the assignment.
I used the following box titles:
#1 Essential Play Information
#2 Conflict, Characters, Themes
#3 Career, Works (Themes Across Plays)
#6 The Play In Performance
I think I’ve made it clear enough that the students have no excuse when it comes to finding appropriate and authoritative resources. No more stabbing into the Google dark!
Finally, check out my visual for where to go to find Shakespeare reference and circulating books:
In class, I simply showed students how to get to the LibGuide and went through each piece. I also brought in a stack of books (they’re labeled as “I showed this in class” on the LibGuide) and reminded them how useful indexes can be.