Resources not relevant to topic/not present (under 20%)
What you're seeing:
Students are grabbing sources that may have words in common with the topic but are actually unrelated to it
Students are using sources that are only tangentially related to their topic in order to pad their bibliography
Improving Source Pertinence
Require students to hand in a source list or annotated bibliography before the final draft is due.
Annotated bibliographies require students to describe and/or evaluate their chosen sources. By requiring students to submit a list of their sources before the final draft, you can catch any problems and turn it into a teachable moment. You can find helpful information about annotated bibliographies at the following links:
Include a relevant LibGuide in your Canvas course or link it within the assignment itself.
LibGuides direct students to the most pertinent library databases and other resources in a given subject area. They can help students to do their searching in the right places, which will help them choose relevant sources.