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SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods Research Project Rubric

SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods Research Project – Source Evaluation Rubric
Criteria Expert(A) Proficient (A- to B) Apprentice(B- to C) Novice(C to D)  
SCORE
 
SCHOLARLY articles
(4 points possible)
 
Based on Ulrichs classification of journal as “academic/scholarly”.
ALL of the 4 required articles are from scholarly journals AT LEAST 3 are from scholarly journals AT LEAST 2 are from scholarly journals LESS THAN 2 are from scholarly journals  
EMPIRICAL articles
(4 points possible)
 
Based on students’ paper discussion and/or article abstract.
ALL of the 4 required articles are empirical analyses AT LEAST 3 are empirical analyses AT LEAST 2 are empirical analyses LESS THAN 2 are empirical analyses  
RELEVANCE of articles
(4 points possible)
 
Based on students’ paper discussion and/or article abstract.
It is readily apparent how ALL of the 4 required articles relate to and inform his/her own research.  It is readily apparent how AT LEAST 3 relate to and inform his/her own research.  It is readily apparent how AT LEAST 2 relate to and inform his/her own research.   It is readily apparent how LESS THAN 2 relate to and inform his/her own research.   
 
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COMMENTS:                                                                                                                                                                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONTEXT:
 
Student Assignment– Using the General Social Survey 2008 dataset, pick two variables that you will use to examine a research question (e.g., what is the relationship between religiousness and political views?).  Write a literature review including four scholarly, empirical articles that are relevant to your research question.
 
Library Instruction– Students attended one instruction session, the primary learning outcome: Students will identify relevant, scholarly, empirical articles for their research question.  The librarian instructed them on (1) distinguishing an empirical article from a non-empirical article, (2) how to move from their research question to an effective search strategy, and (3) using Sociological Abstracts (and other relevant databases) to find relevant articles for their assignment.  LibGuide: http://research.library.gsu.edu/soci3020
 
Assessment– The librarian received all the students’ papers at the end of the semester and used the above rubric to assess them.
 
SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods Research Project Rubric by Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.