Students should not be subjected to 'library assignments' but research assignments. These assignments should encourage a student duplicate an expert's research processes as opposed to an idealized 'research ideal'. We should try to avoid prescribing any artificial tasks that we wouldn't perform ourselves when we do research.
Some examples of tasks to avoid:
- construct a research strategy that results in only five results
- first consult an encyclopedia to find keywords for your search
- analyze a research paper that no one else in your class is using