Submissions will be judged based on how well they demonstrate the following:
Research Strategy – Essay
- Understands the variety and number of information sources necessary for a well-researched project.
- Describes specific search strategies, including successes and dead-ends.
- Reports on the databases, library catalogs, websites, bibliographies and other research tools used.
Selection and Evaluation of Information Sources – Essay & Project
- Uses a broad array of information sources (e.g., print, online, primary sources, research studies).
- Establishes appropriate criteria for selecting and evaluating sources.
- Selects information sources that are relevant and sufficient to support the project thesis.
- Notes potential biases and contradictions in sources.
Use of Resources in Project – Project
- Uses information sources to support an original argument, create an original artifact, or contribute to scholarly knowledge.
- Selects, analyzes, and synthesizes main ideas from selected information sources in the context of the project.
- Accurately cites and credits all information sources.
Demonstrated Growth in Research Abilities – Essay
- Demonstrates knowledge of discipline-specific resources.
- Exhibits an understanding of the research and inquiry process.
- Suggests awareness of the different ways in which information is created and disseminated.
Overall Quality of Project – Essay & Project
- Uses library collections with sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth.
- Demonstrates originality of thought and mastery of content in topic area.
- Displays exceptional stylistic quality and presents information with clarity in thought, writing, and organization.