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Source Analysis Assignment for All Source Types - Rubric

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In addition to teaching students how to evaluate sources before giving them this assignment, you may also want to provide them with this rubric when you give them the assignment.

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Summer 2014
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Source Analysis Assignment for Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles - Rubric

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In addition to teaching students how to evaluate peer-reviewed journal articles before giving them this assignment, you may also want to provide them with this rubric when you give them the assignment.

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Summer 2014
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Source Analysis Assignment for All Source Types

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This assignment asks students to evaluate sources they use for their research. Students are asked to cite the source, identify the source type, examine the credibility of the author and publication/publisher, discuss the accuracy of the information, and discuss currency.

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When using this assignment, faculty or librarians should provide instruction about how to evaluate sources. Use the accompanying rubric to assess how students performed and revisit any gaps you discover as it takes practice to develop this level of critical thinking. Versions of this assignment have been used as a standalone assignment and as one step in a research project scaffolded over the semester.

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Summer 2014
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Source Analysis Assignment for Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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This assignment asks students to evaluate peer-reviewed journal articles. Students are asked to examine the credibility of the author and publication, the accuracy of the information, and currency. For first year students, this assignment introduces them to factors to consider when using scholarly sources but does not expect them to evaluate the article in the context of the research in that field.

Tips: 

When using this assignment, faculty or librarians should provide instruction about how to evaluate peer-reviewed journal articles. Use the accompanying rubric to assess how students performed and revisit any gaps you discover as it takes practice to develop this level of critical thinking. Versions of this assignment have been used as a standalone assignment and as one step in a research project scaffolded over the semester.

Date created: 
Summer 2014
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Research Guidance Rubric for Assignment Design

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First-year students learn best from assignments that provide concrete and specific guidance on research methods. We can help you design assignments that will guide your students toward effective research. One tool we use in consultation with Signature Course faculty is the Research Guidance Rubric for Assignment Design. This tool promotes assignments that include:

  • Clear expectations about source requirements
  • A clear rationale and context for resource requirements
  • Focus on the research process
  • Library engagement
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Spring 2012
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Archival Source Analysis Worksheet

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This worksheet is tailored specifically for evaluating a primary or archival source by addressing issues of audience, authority, bias, accuracy, and tone. It also asks students to examine the source within the broader historical context (for example, the time period, social movement). An optional question asks students to find two other sources that interpret the archival document in order to help draw their own conclusions.

Date created: 
Fall 2011
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Research Question Abstract

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Prior to beginning a research paper or project, students are asked to write a short abstract that carefully considers their research question, their role as a researcher (synthesizer, reviewer, problem-solver, etc), the importance of their research question, and the information resources they will need to consult to answer that question. This assignment helps students move beyond researching a broad topic and towards narrowing the focus of their project to a research question. Adapted from an assignment in Professor Stephen Reese's UGS 302: Understanding 9/11 in Fall 2011.

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  • When completed before a library instruction session, this exercise helps students arrive with well-defined information needs.
  • It can also be developed into a research proposal assignment (perhaps as an alternative to writing a longer research paper) by asking students to provide an annotated bibliography.
Date created: 
Fall 2011
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Developing and Researching A Controversy

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This assignment helps students map their controversy and find a variety of viewpoints.

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Contact librarians to customize this assignment and an accompanying tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2011
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Find an Article

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This assignment teaches students how to find an article by brainstorming keywords, choosing a database, constructing a search, and citing the article.

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Contact librarians to customize this assignment and get an accompanying tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2010
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Find a Peer-Reviewed Article

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This assignment asks students to find a peer reviewed article relate to a course assignment or course material and evaluate it.

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Assign the Find Articles tutorial and the Popular, Scholarly or Trade? guide to complement this assignment. Or contact librarians to request a tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2011
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