WR121 Research Log: Scoring Rubric

Skill Exemplary (4) Good (3) Proficient (2) Minimal (1) Inadequate (0) Score
#1 - Identifies an area of interest       Writes a paragraph describing an area of interest. Does not write a paragraph describing an area of interest. /1
#2 - Explores the area of interest in general sources, identifying key issues and ideas before narrowing to a thesis Completes all of the following:
  • Identifies at least 1 controversy and at least 1 claim to investigate further.
  • Completely answers all of the questions about the History pages.
  • Completely answers all of the Analytical questions.
Completes all of the following:
  • Identifies controversies or issues to investigate further.
  • Completely answers all of the questions about the History pages.
  • Gives examples of at least 3 new searches that could be done.
Completes 2 of the following:
  • Identifies controversies or issues to investigate further.
  • Completely answers all of the questions about the History pages.
  • Gives examples of at least 3 new searches that could be done.
Completes 1 of the following:
  • Identifies controversies or issues to investigate further.
  • Completely answers all of the questions about the History pages.
  • Gives examples of at least 3 new searches that could be done.
Does not fully complete any parts of the assignment. /4

Note: Failure to provide the title and URL of the Wikipedia article will result in an automatic 1-point deduction on this item.

#3 - Articulates appropriate research questions       Provides at least 3 potential research questions. Does not provide at least 3 potential research questions. /1
#4 - Evaluates the manageability of potential research questions       Writes a paragraph analyzing the manageability of 1 research question. Does not write a paragraph analyzing the manageability of 1 research question. /1
#5A - Identifies potentially useful sources using the library catalog Completes the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies a source to examine, providing at least 2 distinct reasons why the source interests them.
  • Analyzes the potential value of the source.
  • Demonstrates that they know how to use a good source to find additional sources.
Completes the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies a source to examine, providing at least 1 distinct reason why the source interests them.
  • Analyzes the potential value of the source.
  • Demonstrates that they know how to use a good source to find additional sources.
Completes 2 of the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies a source to examine, providing at least 1 distinct reason why the source interests them.
  • Analyzes the potential value of the source.
  • Demonstrates that they know how to use a good source to find additional sources.
Completes 1 of the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies a source to examine, providing at least 1 distinct reason why the source interests them.
  • Analyzes the potential value of the source.
  • Demonstrates that they know how to use a good source to find additional sources.
Does not complete the assignment. /4

Note: Failure to provide a copy of the first page of the result list from the library catalog will result in an automatic 1-point deduction on this item.

#5B - Identifies potentially useful sources using an article database. Completes the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies an article to examine, providing at least 2 distinct reasons why the article interests them.
  • Analyzes the potential value of the source.
  • Demonstrates that they know how to use a good source to find additional sources.
Completes the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies an article to examine, providing at least 1 distinct reason why the article interests them.
  • Analyzes the potential value of the source.
  • Demonstrates that they know how to use a good source to find additional sources.
Completes 2 of the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies an article to examine, providing at least 1 distinct reason why the article interests them.
  • Analyzes the potential value of the source.
  • Demonstrates that they know how to use a good source to find additional sources.
Completes 1 of the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies an article to examine, providing at least 1 distinct reason why the article interests them.
  • Analyzes the potential value of the source.
  • Demonstrates that they know how to use a good source to find additional sources.
Does not complete the assignment. /4

Note: Failure to provide a copy of the first page of the result list from the database will result in an automatic 1-point deduction on this item.

#5C - Identifies potentially useful sources using an Internet search engine. Completes the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies a source to examine, providing at least 2 reasons why, with examples.
  • Explains why the source will or will not be useful, and provides at least 2 distinct reasons.
Completes the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies a source to examine, providing at least 2 reasons why, with examples.
  • Explains why the source will or will not be useful, and provides at least 1 distinct reason.
Completes 1 of the following components fully, and attempts the other:
  • Clearly identifies a source to examine, providing at least 1 reason why, with examples.
  • Explains why the source will or will not be useful, and provides at least 1 distinct reason.
Completes only 1 of the following components fully:
  • Clearly identifies a source to examine, providing at least 1 reason why, with examples.
  • Explains why the source will or will not be useful, and provides at least 1 distinct reason.
Does not complete the assignment. /4

Note: Failure to provide a copy of the first page of the Google search result list will result in an automatic 1-point deduction on this item.

#6 - Moves from research question to working thesis       Provides a working thesis. Does not provide a working thesis. /1