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Research Process Rubric

Research Process Rubric


  Exemplary Satisfactory Needs improvement
Search strategies
 
HOW did you discover these sources?
 
When you meet with Janelle, be prepared to share evidence that demonstrates your research process.
 
 
4 Brainstormed many keywords, categories, and related terms that opened the research topic
 
 
4 Expanded and refined list(s) of relevant search terms by evaluating and refining initial search results
 
4 Searched many different types of tools (catalogs, article databases, websites, curricula)
 
3 Employed Boolean operators (other than AND), truncation, and other advanced search strategies to broaden or narrow searches as appropriate
 
 
3 Followed references/citations listed in in-hand sources
3 Brainstormed some keywords, categories, and related terms that began to open the research topic
 
3 Began to refine relevant search terms by evaluating and refining initial search results
 
 
3 Searched a few different types of tools (catalogs, article databases, websites, curricula)
 
2 Began to employ Boolean operators (other than AND), truncation, and other advanced search strategies to broaden or narrow searches as appropriate
 
2 Followed some references/citations listed in in-hand sources
1 Brainstormed limited keywords, categories, and related terms that began to open the research topic
 
0 Did not refine search terms by evaluating and refining initial search results
 
 
1 Searched 1-2 types of tools (catalogs, article databases, websites, curricula)
 
0 Did not employ Boolean operators (other than AND), truncation, or other advanced search strategies to broaden or narrow searches as appropriate
 
0 Did not follow references/citations listed in in-hand sources
Identification, selection and organization of sources
 
WHAT sources have you gathered? HOW did you organize and keep track of them?
 
Hint: gather far more than you expect to use!
4 Identified a sufficient number of appropriate sources
Sources were balanced by:
·         2 Publication format (reference books, books, articles, websites, films, lesson plans, other media…)
·         2 Author (scholars from relevant disciplines, journalists, laypersons, other)
·         2 Audience (scholars, students, parents, laypersons, other stakeholders)
·         2 Publication date (as appropriate for topic)
2 Always saved/copied/emailed/exported relevant source citations found during research
2 Always saved/copied/emailed/exported or otherwise obtained relevant fulltext sources found during research
2 Identified some appropriate sources
Made limited attempts to balance sources by:
·         1 Publication format (reference books, books, articles, websites, films, lesson plans, other media…)
·         1 Author (scholars from relevant disciplines, journalists, laypersons, other)
·         1 Audience (scholars, students, parents, laypersons, other stakeholders)
·         1 Publication date (as appropriate for topic)
1 Sometimes saved/copied/emailed/exported relevant source citations found during research
1 Sometimes saved/copied/emailed/exported or otherwise obtained relevant fulltext sources found during research
1 Identified few appropriate sources
Did not balance sources by:
·         0 Publication format (reference books, books, articles, websites, films, lesson plans, other media…)
·         0 Author (scholars from relevant disciplines, journalists, laypersons, other)
·         0 Audience (scholars, students, parents, laypersons, other stakeholders)
·         0 Publication date (as appropriate)
0 Did not save/copy/email/export any source citations
0 Did not save/copy/email/export or otherwise obtain any fulltext sources, or copied part of a source w/o saving citation
 
 
  Exemplary Satisfactory Needs improvement
Quality/evaluation
 
HOW WELL did you edit your initial research results?
4 Cited only high quality sources that strongly supported the thesis or claim. 
 
4 All sources represent intellectual choices made in service of a thesis or claim.



4 Final bibliography exhibits no gaps in background research.
 
4 Research gaps identified earlier in the process have been filled or otherwise adequately addressed. 
3 Cited some quality sources that supported the thesis.
 
2 Some sources represent intellectual choices made in service of a thesis or claim.



2 Final bibliography exhibits some gaps in background research.
 
2 Attempts have been made to fill the identified research gaps.
1 Cited few or no quality sources that provided limited support for the thesis.
 
1 Few or no sources represent intellectual choices made in service of a thesis or claim.
 
1 Final bibliography exhibits many gaps in background research.
 
1 Research gaps identified earlier in the process have not been filled or otherwise adequately addressed. 
 
 
Created by Janelle Wertzberger for Prof. Stebick’s EDUC 340, Spring 2012, Gettysburg College.
Revised 6/12 by Wertzberger, Stebick, Flora, and Miller
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