Research PAPER

SLO #: 3,4 Course Level: 1000 Suggested Class Time : 2 classes Complexity Index: Complex

(1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) (PreCore, 1000, or 2000) Snapshot: 10 minutes of class, minimal instructor preparation Easy: 1 day of class, some instructor preparation Moderate: 1 – 2 weeks of class; some instructor training/preparation Complex: 1 – 2 months of class or wholly integrated into class, instructor preparation should start one semester prior to implementing

In CT3, critical thinking is defined as: …the disciplined and continuous process of asking the right questions and practicing logical thought processes to come to justifiable conclusions.

CT3 SLO statement: SLO #3: Evaluate quality and relevance of information.

CT3 SLO statement: SLO#4: Formulate well-reasoned conclusions and solutions.

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Analysis of Subject Relevant Information

Mike Ogbeide, Ilana Weltman (Coordinators of History) and Linda Baker (Librarian)

Objective of Activity:

 

Course outcomes addressed:

1.Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.

2.Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.

3.Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history

 

Lesson Plan Outline for Activity:

1. Class discussion over appropriate topic choices. Topic approved by instructor.

2. Class discussion led by the instructor and librarian:

· How to use library databases, as well as selecting appropriate sources via subject related sources.

· Distinctions between primary and secondary.

· Plagiarism: what is it and how to avoid it

· How to decipher the article details provided by a database that will be used to give credit to the article in NoodleTools. Ask each student to click on a sample article so the class can dissect the citation details of this article.

· Librarian will demonstrate how to use the article details when giving credit to this article in NoodleTools.

· How to read and paraphrase an article by reading the first paragraph and then paraphrasing it together.

· Optional Exercise: Look at several brief text examples found on the Library Guide to Plagiarism . Click on the “test paraphrase” examples. Discuss which are plagiarized and which sections of the text were plagiarized.

· Optional Exercise: Break the class into groups. Each group works through the interactive plagiarism examples to determine which are plagiarized, and for those that are, how are they plagiarized.

· Optional Exercise: Break the class into small groups. Each group paraphrases the next paragraph of the sample article.

· How to professionally present information in an APA style paper, guided by the following points of discussion over components of the Research Paper:

· Title Page: How do you present yourself professionally?

· Abstract: How to write an abstract and what should be included.

· Content: How to paraphrase information. When and how to use in-text citations.

· Conclusion: How does the information presented in this article compare to what you’ve read in your textbook, read on eCampus, or discussed in class on this topic? What was left out of the research that should have been included? What additional research should be conducted?

· References: Why is this page important?

3. Assignment:

· Part 1: Student will select and then submit a topic to their instructor.

· Students will research approved topic. Students will give credit to sources by creating citations in NoodleTools. Librarians will check sources and add comments for citation correctness.

· Students will submit Noodletools (with librarian comments) in eCampus.

· Part 2: Students will write a 6 page APA style paper, utilizing a minimum of 5 sources (including both primary and secondary sources).

· Students will submit a draft paper in eCampus via SafeAssign. Instructor will add comments for suggested updates.

· Students will submit a final paper in eCampus via SafeAssign.

4. Supporting materials:

· Library Guide to Evaluating Sources http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/evaluation

· Library Guide to Plagiarism: http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/plagiarism

· Library Guide to History Assignments http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/history

· Deciphering Database Details

· NoodleTools: Creating APA Citations

· APA Paper Requirements & Rubrics

· History Research: Step by Step Directions

· Sample APA History Paper

Web Links for Instructor Preparation for Activity:

Library Guide to Evaluating Sources http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/evaluation

Library Guide to Plagiarism: http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/plagiarism

Library Guide to History Assignments http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/history

 

Web Links to Access During Activity:

Note to instructor: Please check the link prior to classroom use… if there is any problem with the link, report to the contributor(s) of this activity as soon as possible

Library Guide to Evaluating Sources http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/evaluation

Library Guide to Plagiarism: http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/plagiarism

Library Guide to History Assignments http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/history

NoodleTools & Sources Rubric (TOTAL: 30 points)

  Early Thinker Beginning Thinker Practicing Thinker Advancing Thinker Total Points
Evidence 5 points

2 or fewer credible sources that include both secondary and primary sources.

2 or fewer sources from either library books or library databases.

Does not include 1 scholarly journal.

Does not include 1 visual.

10 points

Minimum of 3 credible sources that include both secondary and primary sources

Minimum of 2 sources from either library books or library databases.

Does not include 1 scholarly journal.

Includes a minimum of 1 visual but is not from an academic or scholarly source. The visual will not be over 2” in height.

15 points

Minimum of 4 credible sources that include both secondary and primary sources.

Minimum of 3 sources from either library books or library databases.

Includes a minimum of 1 scholarly journal.

Includes a minimum of 1 visual from an academic or scholarly source. The visual will not be over 2” in height.

20 points

All sources are credible sources that include a minimum of 1 primary source and 4 secondary sources.

Minimum of 3 sources from either library books or library databases.

Includes a minimum of 1 scholarly journal.

Includes a minimum of 1 visual from an academic or scholarly source. The visual will not be over 2” in height.

20
Submission

 

2 points

Didn’t use the correct account or didn’t use NoodleTools.

Have more than 5 APA citation errors within the 5 citations.

Submitted incorrectly in eCampus.

5 points

Used correct NoodleTools account.

Have more than 5 APA citation errors within the 5 citations.

Submitted correctly in eCampus.

8 points

Used correct NoodleTools account.

Have more than 3 APA citation errors within the 5 citations.

Submitted correctly in eCampus.

10 points

Used correct NoodleTools account.

Correct APA citations.

Submitted correctly in eCampus.

 

10
Total          

Paper Rubric (TOTAL: 100 points):

Criteria Early Thinker Beginning Thinker Practicing Thinker Advancing Thinker Points
Paper Format

 

2 points

Wrote less than 3 pages for the actual body of the paper.

Did not use APA template.

Template has more than 4 formatting errors.

5 points

Wrote between 4 pages for the actual body of the paper.

Used APA Template, but has less than 4 formatting errors.

8 points

Wrote between 5 pages for the actual body of the paper.

Used APA Template, but has less than 2 formatting errors.

10 points

Wrote 6 full pages for the actual body of the paper.

Used APA Template.

Template has no formatting errors: correct title page, fonts, margins, double-spacing, correct header, title page, abstract, and reference page.

10
Abstract

Explanation of Issues

Student Position (thesis and perspective)

 

2 points

Missing or incomplete.

 

5 points

Vague and leaves out relevant sub-topics for full understanding of the topic.

8 points

Covers most of the relevant information for understanding of the topic.

10 points

Comprehensively covers all relevant information for full understanding of the topic.

10
Introduction

Context & Purpose of Writing

2 points

Specific position is not stated in the thesis.

Omits introductory paragraph.

5 points

In the introductory paragraph, specific position is not clearly stated in the thesis or is too simplistic.

8 points

In the introductory paragraph, specific position is stated in the thesis, not fully taking into account the complexities of the issue.

10 points

In the introductory paragraph, specific position is stated in the thesis, taking into account the complexities of the issue.

10
Paper Content

Explanation of Issues

Existing Knowledge, Research & Views Included

Analysis

 

20 points

Varieties of perspectives are not presented or the presentation is inaccurate.

Few concepts and explanations addressed in a context-rich manner.

Paper exceeds more than 30% direct quotes.

Topic viewpoints and issues are stated without clarification.

Little analysis to compare and contrast primary and secondary source information.

Interpretation of visual source.

Missing interpretation of visual source in making historical argument.

30 points

Varieties of perspectives are acknowledged and accurate, but presentation is shallow and simplistic.

Some key concepts and explanations are addressed in a somewhat organized, context-rich manner.

Paper contains no more than 30% direct quotes.

Topic viewpoints and issues are stated but descriptions are ambiguous and vague.

Some analysis to compare and contrast primary and secondary source information.

Brief, shallow acknowledgement of visual source in making historical argument, but little interpretation.

40 points

Varieties of perspectives are acknowledged, but details are not fully presented.

Most key concepts and explanations are addressed in an organized, context-rich manner.

Paper contains no more than 20% direct quotes.

Topic viewpoints and issues are stated and defined so that understanding is not seriously impeded by omissions.

Adequate analysis to compare and contrast primary and secondary source information.

Some interpretation of visual source in making historical argument.

50 points

Variety of perspectives are acknowledged and presented accurately with full, detailed information.

Key concepts and explanations are addressed in a comprehensive, organized, context-rich manner.

Paper contains no more than 20% direct quotes.

Topic viewpoints and issues are clearly stated and defined with all relevant information necessary for full understanding.

Complete analysis to compare and contrast primary and secondary source information.

Complete interpretation of visual source in making historical argument.

50
Conclusion

Limitations & Implications

Influence of Context & Assumptions

 

2 points

Poor summary of information.

Conclusion is inconsistently tied to the information presented.

Identifies some assumptions within contexts of own and other viewpoints.

Limits of position are not acknowledged.

Fails to acknowledge points of view.

 

5 points

Shallow summary of information.

Conclusion is tied to information presented but does not elaborate on implications from a variety of viewpoints.

Identifies other assumptions but is not as aware of own assumptions.

Limits of position are acknowledged simplistically.

Acknowledge some points of view.

8 points

Good summary of information.

Conclusion and related outcomes are logical and relate to a variety of viewpoints, but are weakly tied to evidence presented in the paper.

Identifies own and other assumptions and several relevant contexts.

A limit of position are acknowledged, but does not raise further questions.

Other points of view are acknowledged.

 

10 points

Excellent summary of information.

Conclusion and related outcomes are logical and reflect student’s informed evaluation of information based on evidence and perspectives included in the paper.

Thoroughly analyzes own and other assumptions and carefully evaluates the relevance of contexts.

Limits of position are acknowledged that includes counter-evidence and raising further questions.

Other points of views are synthesized within position.

10
Evidence

(References)

 

2 points

Complete, accurate APA citations for a minimum of 2 sources that meet assignment criteria.

Less than 70% of the in-text citations are complete and accurate.

5 points

Complete, accurate APA citations for a minimum of 3 sources that meet assignment criteria.

70% of the in-text citations are complete and accurate.

8 points

Complete, accurate APA citations for a minimum of 4 sources that meet assignment criteria.

80% of the in-text citations are complete and accurate.

10 points

Complete, accurate APA citations for a minimum of 5 sources that meet assignment criteria.

All in-text citations are complete and accurate.

10
 

30 points 55 points 80 points 100 points  
Total         100

Abstract

· Thesis is clearly stated.

· Supporting evidence is briefly explained.

Paper Content

· Provides accurate evidence that expects the reader to accept the thesis.

Conclusion

· Restates the thesis.

· Thoroughly analyzes own and other assumptions and carefully evaluates the relevance of contexts. This means demonstrates the thesis is relevant to the study of history.

· How does the information presented in this article compare to what you’ve read in your textbook, read on eCampus, or discussed in class on this topic? What was left out of the research that should have been included? What additional research should be conducted?

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