This rubric was prepared as a general library rubric for research skills. It can be adapted for any subject or grade level.
|TOPIC||GATHERING INFORMATION||SELECTING AND EVALUATING INFORMATION||ORGANIZATION||DOCUMENTATION|
|Advanced||Topic is clear, complete, and requires critical thinking or probing skills. Related questions focus topic accurately.||Student gathered information from a variety of quality electronic and print sources. Search strategies are revised as information is located or could not be found. Primary sources were included (if appropriate). Took meaningful notes.||Information selected clearly relates to the search topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples. Student compared information from at least 2 sources for accuracy, validity, and inherent bias.||Student organized information to support the topic and presents it in a well-developed project||Student documented all sources, including visuals, sounds, and animations. Sources are properly cited in the desired format. Documentation is error? free.|
|Proficient||Topic is focused and clear. Student knows some related concepts for his topic. Most related questions focus topic.||Student gathered information from a variety of appropriate sources and took notes as needed.||Project discusses the topic in a way that reflects learning using some detail and accuracy. Student identifies key concepts from the information sources gathered by scanning and skimming.||Student organized information appropriately.||Student documented sources with some care, Sources are cited in the desired format. All of the components are present but a few errors are noted.|
|Needs Improvement||Basic topic is vague. Related questions do not help focus topic. Student knows general subject matter to be searched.||Student gathered information from a limited range of sources and displayed minimal effort in selecting quality resources. Information, though interesting, frequently did not relate to topic.||Product displays only a cursory examination of the source information. Student can summarize information sources but misses some important details.||Information is not well-organized, but somewhat scattered||Student needs to use greater care in documenting sources. Desired format was followed but several errors are apparent and required information is absent.|
|Failing||Student developed no research topic. Student relies an teacher- generated topic.||Student gathered information Imking relevance, quality, depth and balance. Needed help finding and using adequate sources of information.||Product lacks important details and accuracy. Student simply restates information rather than synthesizing.||Information is completely haphazard with no organization evident.||Student does not cite sources properly or lacks citation information.|
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