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Research Paper-RS 3030 
The Research Paper investigates a topic which relates to the RS 3030 course content and the Team Project. Adapted from "LAS Sophomore Level 3-Outcome Rubric," Otis College of Art and Design (Updated 6/2020); and"Research Paper Rubric," Cole Library, Cornell College
Rubric Code: A23X229
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Subject: Social Sciences  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: Undergraduate


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  Excellent

10 pts

Good

8.5 pts

Fair

7.3 pts

Below Expectations

6.6 pts

Not Meeting Expectations

5 pts

Topic Focus
5 pts

Excellent

Topic is focused narrowly enough for the scope of this assignment. An engaging and thought-provoking thesis statement or research question is included in the opening paragraph, and provides clear direction for the paper.
Good

Topic is focused but lacks direction. A thesis statement or research question is provided in the opening paragraph, but does not provide clear direction for the paper.
Fair

Topic lacks focus and direction. The intended focus can be determined, but does not provide clear direction for the paper.
Below Expectations

The topic is too broad for the scope of this assignment.
Not Meeting Expectations

The topic is not clearly defined.
Critical Thinking
5 pts

Excellent

Provides strong EVALUATION of the topic through a combination of any of the following:
?Raises excellent questions for investigation
?Selects and justifies key evidence to defend the argument or purpose of the assignment
?Integrates excellent examples and comparisons into the assignment to further elaborate the argument
?Differentiates and critiques key viewpoints
?Demonstrates excellent reasoning by drawing connections among ideas
Good

Provides good ANALYSIS of the topic through a combination of any of the following:
?Raises good questions for investigation
?Demonstrates evidence of breaking down a topic in order to categorize its parts
?Applies clear examples to develop comparisons
?Differentiates key viewpoints
Demonstrates clear reasoning by drawing connections among ideas
Fair

Demonstrates an understanding of the topic through an APPLICATION of the following:
? A key question that adds focus to the assignment.
?Relevant examples that help to explain and clarify a problem
?Relevant viewpoints that are used to build a basic argument
Basic reasoning that draws connections between key ideas
Below Expectations

Does not exhibit an understanding of the topic due to one or more of the following:
?May not list and define a key issue
?Examples do not clarify a key issue
?Does not sustain a line of reasoning that develops, supports, or questions the topic
Not Meeting Expectations

Does not satisfy the assignment for one or both of the following reasons:
?Assignment is incomplete
?Assignment is off topic
?Assignment does not demonstrate any of the skills related to critical thinking
Written Communication
5 pts

Excellent

Clear explanation of the topic:
?Written language (spelling, grammar, sentence structure) has minimal errors
?Work is well organized (clear introduction, paragraph division, topic sentences,
conclusion, sub-headings as necessary)
?Organization reinforces and clarifies main
idea of the paper
?Draws upon relevant and compelling
examples to EVALUATE the subject
?The work follows the prompt and addresses
the purpose of the assignment.
Good

Somewhat clear explanation of the topic:
?Written language (spelling, grammar, sentence structure) has some errors
?The work is mostly organized (includes introduction, some paragraph division, some topic sentences, conclusion, may include sub-headings)
?Organization mostly clarifies the main idea of the paper
?Draws upon some relevant examples to ANALYZE the subject
The work addresses the prompt and purpose of the assignment, but might require some further development
Fair

Presentation of the topic lacks focus:
?Written language includes errors and is inconsistent
?May not include a proper introduction, topic sentences, paragraph division, or conclusion
?Examples may be general, resulting in a superficial APPLICATION of the associated ideas (may rely too heavily on quoted passages)
Attempts to address the prompt and purpose of the assignment, but lacks development.
Below Expectations

Does not demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of the prompt and purpose of the assignment:
?Written language (spelling, grammar, sentence structure) includes many errors, and requires extensive revising
?The work is missing many of the organizational elements (introduction, paragraph division, topic sentences, and conclusion)
The work falls short in terms of word count and development
Not Meeting Expectations

The work fails to demonstrate an understanding of the prompt and purpose of the assignment:
?Poorly written and difficult to read
?Poorly organized and extremely difficult to follow
?Work is incomplete
Cohesiveness
5 pts

Excellent

Ties together information from all sources. Paper flows from one issue to the next without the need for headings. Writing demonstrates an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.
Good

Mostly ties together information from all sources. Paper flows with some minor disjointedness. Writing demonstrates an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.
Fair

Sometimes ties together information from all sources. Paper does not flow - disjointedness is apparent. Writing does not demonstrate an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.
Below Expectations

Does not tie information together. Paper does not flow and appears to be created from disparate issues. Writing does not demonstrate understanding of relationships among material obtained from all sources.
Not Meeting Expectations

Not applicable.
Information Literacy
5 pts

Excellent

Demonstrates strong SYNTHESIS of topic through at least FIVE well chosen, quality sources and THREE annotations from books, database articles, or academic/professional websites.
?Sources appear as in-text citations and
on a works cited page
?Annotations include:
1. Author’s credentials
2. Description of source type/audience
3. Discussion of purpose/bias/point of view
4. Discussion of currency of the source
5. Explain why the source is relevant to
the assignment.
Good

Demonstrates successful COMPILATION of topic info from FOUR quality sources and THREE annotations from books, academic/professional websites,
database articles.
?Sources appear as in-text citations and on a works cited page.
?Annotations include 4 of the following:
1. Author’s credentials
2. Description of source type/audience
3. Discussion of purpose/bias/point of view
4. Discussion of currency of the source
5. Explain why the source is relevant to
the assignment.
Fair

Sources CATEGORIZED to support topic & include THREE well chosen, quality sources & TWO annotations from books, database articles, or academic/professional websites.
?Sources are in-text citations and on a works cited page.
?Annotations include:
1. Author’s credentials related to topic
2. Description of source type/audience
3. Discussion of purpose/bias/point of view
4. Discussion of currency of the source
5. Explain why the source is relevant to the assignment.
Below Expectations

Demonstrates minimal effort to use two annotated sources effectively:
?Includes ONE annotation*
?The annotation may be incomplete
?The source(s) may be of low quality
?The sources do not appear as in-text citations and/or on a works cited page.
*****
The annotation may contain all 5 components of an Excellent-level annotation, but if 4 well-chosen sources with associated info has not been satisfied, the paper should receive the highest Below Expectations-level evaluation.
Not Meeting Expectations

?No annotations
?No quality sources
Integration of Knowledge
5 pts

Excellent

Demonstrates that the author fully understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. Concepts are integrated into the writer's own insights. Concluding remarks show analysis and synthesis of ideas.
Good

Demonstrates the the author, for the most part, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. Some of the conclusions, however, are not supported in the body of the paper.
Fair

Demonstrates that the author, to a certain extent, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course.
Below Expectations

Does not demonstrate that the author has fully understood and applied concepts learned in the course.
Not Meeting Expectations

Not applicable.





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