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AAC&U VALUE Information Literacy Rubric Revision - Assessment Immersion 2011 "Final" Draft

  Performance
Level

3
Performance
Level

2
Performance
Level

1
Performance
Level

0
Defines Research Question/
Thesis
 
Student:
Defines the research question/thesis in way that fits the scope of the assignment.
                       
           
Student:
Defines the research question/thesis, but the scope is too broad or too narrow.
 
Student:
Defines a topic, but not a clear research question/thesis.
Student:
Does not define a research question/thesis or topic.
                                   
Determines Key Concepts Student:
Determines key concepts that reflect the research question/thesis using synonymous and related terms. 
 
Student:
Determines key concepts that reflect the research question/thesis, but does not identify synonymous and related terms.*
Student:                      
Determines concepts, using the only the terms included in the research question/thesis.*
Student:
Does not determine any concepts that describe the research question/thesis. 
           
Identifies
Relevant Types of Sources
 
Student:
Uses subject-relevant information sources appropriate to the research need.
           
Student:
Uses subject-relevant information sources, but the sources are not appropriate to the research need/assignment.       
Student:                      
Uses information sources that do not meet the criteria of the research need.
Student:
Does not use information sources.

Uses Keywords
Student:
Uses keywords and synonyms that describe the research question/thesis.
 
Student:
Uses keywords that describe the research question/thesis, but does not use synonymous terms.
Student:
Uses inappropriate or misspelled keywords.
 
Student:
Does not show evidence of using keywords.
 
 
Uses
Database Search
Features
Student:
Applies wildcard/truncation searching, phrase searching, field searching or other advance search features when searching for information in databases.      
Student:
Applies multiple search terms and Boolean search strategies when searching for information in databases.*
Student:
Applies simple keyword search strategies when searching for information in databases.
Student:
Does not show evidence of searching for information in databases.
Accesses Content in Formats
 
 
 
Student:
Accesses content in a variety of formats appropriate to the research criteria, including but not limited to: print and electronic books or journal articles, transcripts, video, and/or audio formats.
Student:
Accesses content in at least one format appropriate to the research criteria, including but not limited to: print and electronic books or journal articles transcripts, video, and/or audio formats.**
Student:
Accesses content in formats inappropriate to the research criteria.
 
 
Student:
Does not show evidence of accessing content in any format.
 
                                   
Accesses Content from Sources Student:
Accesses content from a variety of sources/locations appropriate to research topic.*,**
Student:
Accesses content from two sources/locations.**
Student:
Accesses content from a single source/location.**
Student:
Does not access content from sources/locations.
Refines Search Using Keywords
 
Student:
Refines the search as needed using alternative keywords, recommended subject terms and synonyms to retrieve results appropriate to the information need.*
Student:
Refines the search as needed using alternative keywords or recommended subject terms, but the results are still too broad or too narrow.*
 
Student:                      
Refines the search as needed but does not use alternative keywords or recommended subject terms.
                                   
Student:          
Does not refine the search.
Refines Search Using Features Student:
Refines the search as needed using relevant database limiting features to retrieve results appropriate to the information need.*

 
Student:
Refines the search as needed using relevant limiting features, but the results are still too broad or too narrow.*
Student:                      
Refines the search but does not use relevant limiting features.*
                                   
Student:          
Does not refine the search.
Applies Evaluative Criteria – Authority Student:
Provides a detailed and accurate analysis of information and its source using the criteria of authority.
Student:                      
Provides a brief, but accurate analysis of information or its source using the criteria of authority.
 
Student:
Provides an inaccurate analysis of information or its source using the criteria of authority.
 
Student:          
Does not provide an analysis of information or its source based on authority.
                                   
Applies Evaluative Criteria – Accuracy Student:
Provides a detailed and accurate analysis of information and its source using the criteria of accuracy.
 Student:                     
Provides a brief, but accurate analysis of information or its source using the criteria of accuracy.
Student:
Provides an inaccurate analysis of information or its source using the criteria of accuracy.
Student:          
Does not provide an analysis of information or its source based on accuracy.
Applies Evaluative Criteria – Currency Provides detailed analysis of information and its source using the criteria of currency. Student:                      
Provides a brief, but accurate analysis of information or its source using the criteria of currency.
Student:
Provides an inaccurate analysis of information or its source using the criteria of currency.
Student:          
Does not provide an analysis of information or its source based on currency.
Applies Evaluative Criteria – Purpose Student:
Provides a detailed and accurate analysis of information and its source using the criteria of purpose.
Student:                      
Provides a brief, but accurate analysis of information or its source using the criteria of purpose.
Student:
Provides an inaccurate analysis of information or its source using the criteria of purpose.
Student:          
Does not provide an analysis of information or its source based on purpose.
Analyzes Biases Student:                      
Articulates the biases of the information and its source, as well as his/her own biases, and both appear accurately stated.
Student:                      
Articulates the biases of the information and its source AND his/her own biases, one may be inaccurately stated.
 
Student:
Articulates either his/her own biases OR those within the information source.
 
                                   
Student:          
Does not articulate the biases of the information source OR his/her own biases.
Uses Judgment
 
Student:          
Provides a detailed, topic-appropriate rationale for using the information selected that is understandable, nuanced, and topic-appropriate.*
                                   
Student:                      
Provides a rationale for using the information selected that is understandable, but lacks nuance or is not topic-appropriate.*
                                   
Student:                      
Provides a rationale for using the selected information that is faulty, unclear, or difficult to comprehend.*                       
Student:          
Does not provide a rationale for using the information selected.
                                   
Organizes Content Student:
Organizes content in a manner that meets the purpose and objectives of the assignment with detail and clarity.*
Student:
Organizes content in a manner that meets the purpose and objectives of the assignment.
Student:
Organizes content in a manner that does not meet the purpose and objectives of the assignment.    
Student:          
Does not organize content.                                    
                                   
Synthesizes Information Student:
Synthesizes information from other sources with own ideas in a cohesive and clear manner.*
Student:
Synthesizes information from other sources, but does not blend it well with own ideas.*
                                   
Student:
Uses information from other sources, but the information is fragmented and not synthesized.*           
Student:          
Does not use information from other sources.
                                   
Applies Information Student:
Applies information from sources clearly to accomplish a well-defined purpose appropriate to the assignment.*
Student:
Applies information from sources to accomplish a purpose appropriate to the assignment, but the purpose is not evident.*
Student:
Applies information from sources, but the purpose is unclear or unrelated to the assignment.*
Student:          
Does not apply information from sources.
Paraphrases Information Student:
Summarizes relevant information from the original text in their own words.*
Student:
Summarizes relevant information from the original text, but uses phrases from the original text as well as their own words.*
Student:
Presents information from the original text verbatim without quotation marks.*
Student:
Does not show evidence of presenting information from the original text.*
Cites Information Student:
Cites sources, presents information completely, and cites in the correct style.
Student:
Cites sources and presents information completely, but not in the correct style.
Student:
Cites sources incompletely and does not use the correct style.
Student:
Does not cite sources.

* Includes known flaw
** Focuses on quantity, not quality