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Guided Resource Inquiry: Sample AFRS271

Ellen Jarosz, Steve Kutay, Authors

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Introduction to Sample Assignment A: Evidence, Context, and Function

Oviatt Library Research Fellows Ellen Jarosz (Special Collections and Archives Librarian) and Steve Kutay (Digital Services Librarian) are developing an instructional tool, the GRI, that will incorporate primary and secondary sources from many locations, including those from Special Collections and Archives and the Oviatt Library's Digital Collections, into undergraduate learning in the Document Based Question (DBQ) format. The tool and templates will allow teaching faculty to provide context, create assignments, and present a set of primary and secondary sources available in myriad physical and virtual locations within a single interface. We have designed three mock assignments, each developed within the framework of a current CSUN course, to illustrate the GRI tool for faculty interested in this pilot project. 

About the Assignment

Sample Assignment A: Evidence, Context, and Function, is designed to help students understand what primary sources are, learn how to evaluate and understand their content, and learn the importance of historical context in analyzing and understanding them. Lastly, the assignment helps them make intellectual connections between primary and secondary sources, especially assigned readings.

While Africana Studies 271 has been selected as the example course for Sample Assignment A, the assignment's content is provided as an example only. Actual selected archival resources, subject content, and assignment prompts will ultimately be created by participating faculty members for their specific courses. Use the navigation menu at left to view sample assignment.

For more information, see the Project Website.

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