Need: Students are required to use at least 5 credible sources, but have struggled to identify and use them.
Enhancement (see esp. #2):
(1) Instruction: Credible sources meet all 3 criteria: (a) written by a named [with rare exceptions] authority on the subject under discussion; (b) timely [which usually, but not always, means recent]; (c) has minimal bias [completely objective sources don't exist].
(2) Template: Students type into/complete the attached Word document, "Research Packet." (10 points of speech)
(3) Students start during class time, so that I can help them as they struggle to find credible sources. [I point them to the library's databases]
(4) A few days later, I meet with each student one-on-one for 5, maybe 10, minutes to provide feedback on the Research Packet. Also discussed: the wording of their speeches' big idea/thesis, main points, & logic.
Results: Increase in number of credible sources used by 400%. Students are apprehensive at first, but satisfied when finished.