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Librarians and the Director of the Writing Center at the University of Dubuque describe how they teamed with English faculty to create and implement an assignment that incorporates critical thinking, ethical inquiry, and information literacy in a beginning composition and rhetoric class. In the assignment, a team of faculty, librarians, and writing tutors lead student peer groups as they write a research paper using common journal articles in support of a single thesis. Because a recent campus-wide ethics initiative frames this assignment, students examine topics that may challenge their existing beliefs. Librarians will also analyze qualitative data collected during the first three semesters.