You can help your students develop effective research skills 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.
As a professor, and as an expert in your field, you already know how to design assignments that reinforce the concepts you introduce in class. If your assignments include a research component, you can also help your students develop information literacy skills.
The infographic below lists some best practices to keep in mind when designing research assignments. (A text version is also available.)