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Judging criteria for research papers

DSU CELEBRATION OF SCHOLARSHIP
Judging Criteria for Research Papers

Score

Thesis or Purpose

Content

Conclusion

Citations

5 Thesis/purpose is readily apparent to reader; relevance of topic is apparent. Clear examples to support specific topic sentences and to support the overall purpose; reader gains important insight; analysis poses novel ways to think about material; quoted material integrated well; depth of coverage without being redundant. Essentially free of grammatical errors. The writer makes succinct and precise conclusions. Suggestions for future research are offered. Citation format is used accurately and consistently in the paper and on the reference page. References in the list match the in-text citations and utilize chosen format.
4 Thesis/purpose is clear but sometimes may digress in the paper. Good attempt made as to why the topic is pertinent but is slightly unclear or lacking in insight. Examples support most topic sentences and support general purpose; reader gains some insight; occasional evidence of novel ways to think about material. Quotes integrated well into sentences. Topics adequately addressed but not in the detail or depth expected. A few grammatical errors but they are not a distraction and do not obscure meaning. The writer makes some conclusions. Suggestions for future research are offered. Citation format is used with minor errors. Some formatting problems exist or some components are missing.
3 Thesis/purpose not consistently clear. Introduction is unclear and does not provide a framework for the paper. Examples support some topic sentences; reader gains little insight. The paper shows little of the writers own voice and relies on quotes which are poorly connected. Examples support some topic sentences; no evidence of novel thinking and intermittent support of thesis throughout. Several grammatical errors; The writing has many grammatical errors and the reader is distracted by them. The writer makes disconnected conclusions and weak suggestions for future research. There are several errors in formatting. References were not cited in the text.
2 Thesis/purpose generally unclear or unfocused. Introduction does not explain topic relevance. The paper relies on stringing together quotes. Failure to support major statements. Quotes are not integrated properly. The reader is confused by the errors. There is little indication that the writer tried to synthesize the information or draw conclusions. No suggestions for future research. Format of the document is not recognizable. References in the text were not cited.
1 Thesis/purpose is missing and introduction is confusing. Paper contains no quotes. Minimal support is given for any statement. The reader is confused and stops reading. The paper does not contain a clear conclusion. Paper lacks reference page or citations.
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