You can help your students develop effective research skills--information literacy--in the following ways:
With information coming at us from an unprecedented variety of sources, developing the ability to think critically about the information we use and share has become increasingly important, and increasingly challenging.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines Information literacy as the set of integrated abilities encompassing:
For more information, see ACRL's Information Literacy Framework
You might not think of information literacy when you think about math, but combining the two is totally possible! With a little imagination, you can probably think of several assignments that require students to conduct research related to what they are studying in math.
You might, for example, ask students to research and evaluate statistical data, report on the contributions of a famous mathematician, or find newspaper articles on how math is applied to real world problems. Or, you might want your students to learn how to use Boolean logic to find information in a library database or internet search engine.
Whatever the activity, you'll want to be aware of best practices for incorporating information literacy into the assignments you create. The infographic below contains some helpful tips. (A text version is also available.)