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Library Research Awards: Essay Evaluation Rubric

Evaluation

The essay describing research techniques used will be given the most weight in the judging process. The essay should demonstrate the applicant’s: identification of sources consulted, description of searching process, and evidence of learning. Submissions will be judged on a 40 point scale. Up to 10 points will be awarded for each of four categories.

Essay Evaluation Rubric

RUBRIC FOR EVALUATION OF LIBRARY RESEARCH AWARD ESSAY

 

Developing (1-3 pts)

Competent (4-6 pts)

Exemplary (7-10 pts)

Total Pts.

Process

  • Fails to explain or recreate the search process
  • Does not offer insights on how the project contributed to overall growth as a scholar
  • Explains or recreates the search process in vague terms
  • Offers limited insights on how the project contributed to overall growth as a scholar
  • Explains or recreates the search process with clear detail
  • Offers in-depth insights on how the project contributed to overall growth as a scholar

 

Search Strategies

  • No focused research topic or thesis statement is stated
  • Does not identify appropriate keywords
  • Search strategies are not described

 

  • Research topic or thesis is present, but not focused
  • Identifies appropriate keywords
  • Search strategies are described in vague or general terms
  • Basic and some advanced search techniques used
  • Research topic or thesis is focused and clearly stated
  • Identifies appropriate keywords
  • Search strategies are explicitly described, includes challenges, information gaps, and responses to failure
  • Advanced search techniques are demonstrated

 

Resource Use

 

  • Does not display awareness of resources appropriate to the project
  • Limited use of research tools and services
  • Lacks criteria for evaluation of sources
  • Sources are not cited in a standard and consistent format
  • Displays awareness of some resources appropriate to the project (e.g. databases, Internet, archives, research guides, library instruction, ILL, consultations)
  • Displays use of a variety of research tools and services
  • Criteria for evaluation of sources is incomplete or unclear
  • Sources are cited in a standard format but contain errors or missing elements
  • Displays extensive awareness of resources appropriate to the project (e.g. databases, Internet, archives, research guides, library instruction, ILL, consultations)
  • Wide-ranging use of research tools/services with clear explanation of the impact on their project
  • Clearly explains criteria for evaluation of sources
  • Sources are properly cited in a standard format