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Research Skills Rubric

Draft 10/15/03
Skills 4 3 2 1 0
Thesis  Research conducted in a  Research includes  Research mixes relevant  Research is mostly  Research
goal oriented manner, tangential, but interesting and irrelevant material in a irrelevant material lacks any
governed by thesis materials relevant but haphazard fashion focus
unnecessary
Information  Student gathered  Student gathered  Student gathered  Information gathered  There is no
Seeking information from a variety information from a variety information from a limited lacked relevance to the evidence that
of quality sources, of sources, both print and range of materials and topic. Student made no the student
including books, electronic and information student made little effort to effort to select relevant consulted any
periodicals, licensed is relevant to the thesis evaluate the sources. sources. Paper may be source for
databases, Web sites, and plagiarized. information.
primary documents where Paper may be
appropriate. plagiarized.
 Sources are relevant,
balanced and include
critical analysis relating to
the thesis.
 Student evaluated Web
sites using an accepted
evaluation tool.
Analysis  Students carefully  Conclusion shows student  Student’s conclusion needs  Student’s conclusion  Evidence did
analyzed the information made effort to analyze the support from stronger simply involved restating not support
collected and drew evidence collected. evidence. Levels of analysis information. student’s
appropriate conclusions could have been more in conclusion.
supported by evidence. depth.
Relevant  All of the citations  Most of the citations  Some of the citations  Few of the citations  None of the
Citations successfully support the successfully support the successfully support the successfully support the citations
thesis or its sub points thesis or its subpoints thesis or its subpoints thesis or its subpoints successfully
support the
thesis or its
subpoints
Documenting  All data associated with a  All data associated with a  All data associated with a  Incomplete or  Total failure to
sources and source. Citations and source. Most citations source. Failure to refer to inconsistent references. associate data
citations bibliography meet or follow accepted format, Regis Writing Guide for Bibliography with
exceed standards set in with some guesswork on common formatting. incomplete--some facts appropriate
Regis Writing Guide and difficult or unusual sources. Textbook cited as a source. associated with books not sources.
by instructor. cited. May constitute  May
plagiarism. constitute
plagiarism
Outline  Paper is multi-paragraph  Paper is multi-paragraph  Paper is multi-paragraph  Outline shows  Outline non-
 Outline shows thought in  Outline shows thought in  Outline shows inconsistent inconsistent organization existent or
organizing facts into organizing facts organization  Facts not included in fails to show
complete sentences  Not all facts stated in  Facts included as fragments outline any thoughtful
complete sentences consideration