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Use this rubric with the Source Analysis Assignment.
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.
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:
This rubric communicates expectations for students writing a research paper requiring archival or primary resources using a variety of indicators, such as description, analysis, and evaluation.
The rubric works well when paired with a pre-research assignment requiring students to do evaluation work, such as the Archival Source Analysis Worksheet.
This test package can be uploaded to Blackboard to assess student comprehension of the How to Read a Scientific Paper Tutorial.
Follow the steps below to import the 5-point test into your Blackboard course:
Contact us if you'd like help adding this to your Blackboard course.
All or a selection of these test items can be used early in the semester or before a library instruction session to get a sense of what students do and do not know. Later in the semester or after students have done research, you can use the same questions to get a sense of what students have learned. The correct answers are checked.
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