SOCY 323: Race and Racism                                          

Research Paper Rubric                    

Student: __________________________ Date Due: ___________ Date of Submission: ____________

  UNSATISFACTORY (35) PROGRESSING (40) PROFICIENT (45) DISTINGUISHED (50) SCORE
APA Format &

Style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 pts. (Maximum)

Does not use APA format

 

Does not use 3rd person

 

Does not cite or cites incorrectly

 

Does not include references and/or references are not in APA format;

not alphabetized by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7)

 

Does not use APA format correctly or consistently per 6th

edition standards

 

Alternates between 3rd and 1st

person

 

Incorrectly applies in-text citations

 

Citations and references do not

correspond

 

Attempts made to reference in proper APA format; alphabetized by author; utilized less than 5 references/resources.

 

 

 

(8)

Uses APA format correctly and consistently per 6th edition standards (e.g., cover page format, spacing,

citing, and referencing-correctly)

 

Adheres to 3rd person

 

Heading levels used

 

In-text citations are correctly listed in reference section (no more than 1 omission)

 

Utilized 5 references/resources

 

References are listed and in proper

APA format (no more than 1 omission) ; alphabetized by author; at least 5 references/resources used

 

(9)

Uses APA format correctly and consistently per 6th edition standards (e.g., cover page format, spacing, citing, and referencing-correctly)

 

Adheres to 3rd person

 

Heading levels used appropriately

 

In-text citations are correctly listed in

reference section

 

References are listed and in proper APA format; alphabetized by author.

 

Five (or more) references/resources used

 

 

 

 

(10)

 
Writing

Mechanics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 pts.  (Maximum)

 

Does not follow a writing structure. Writing is unorganized and difficult to understand.

 

There are several spelling and grammatical errors.

 

The are no topic sentences or supporting statements or evidence

(citations)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7)

Poor writing structure. Writing lacks clarity and is unorganized.  Does not use a patterned structure (e.g., topic sentence, statement, evidence, summary conclusion); no transitions.

 

Many spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors. Very little evidence of editing; several writing fragments.

 

 

 

 

 

(8)

Writing is clear and concise. There is evidence of a loosely patterned structure of writing which includes, at minimum, topic sentences to guide each paragraph, statements and some supporting evidence (source citations); attempt to write a summary sentence which ties back to topic sentence. No transitions.

 

Few spelling or grammatical errors; few punctuation errors; some editing evidenced; some writing fragments.

 

 

 

(9)

Paragraph follows a patterned structure which includes topic sentences to guide each paragraph, statement(s), and supportive evidence (source citations), summary sentence tying back to topic sentence; transitions are evident.

 

There are no spelling or grammatical errors; complete sentence structure is evident; writing is concise; paper is edited as evidenced by grammatical and structural correctness. No punctuation errors.

 

 

 

(10)

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Content

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 pts. (Maximum)

Major tenets of selected theory/concept are not included; lack of clarity in articulation of theory/concept; paper full of quotes (not cited or not properly cited); no paraphrasing of ideas.

 

No original thought.

 

Less than basic understanding of theoretical ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7)

Component or ideology of the theory/concept are included; lack

of clarity in articulation of theory/concept; paper full of direct quotes (cited); very little paraphrasing of ideas. No original thought noted.

 

Basic understanding of theoretical/conceptual ideas is unclear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(8)

Background of theory/concept and the major components thereof are included; the writer clearly articulates the ideas of the selected theory/concept is included using a mixture of his/her own words (paraphrases) with appropriate citations and several direct quotations.

 

Lack of originality noted; however, basic understanding of conceptual ideas shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(9)

The necessary background of theory/concept and the major components are included; the writer clearly articulates the ideas of the selected theory/concept using his/her own words (paraphrases) with appropriate citations.

 

Creativity is evidenced throughout the paper by explicit original thought (application of concept to society); very little direct quotes are used (cited correctly) – a synthesis of the theoretical/conceptual ideas shows depth of understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(10)

 
Clarity

 

 

 

 

 

10 pts. (Maximum)

Writing is very difficult to understand; concepts are vague; lacks quality. Paper is hurried and below assignment standard.

 

 

 

(7)

Writing is somewhat disorganized; concepts lack clear meaning; paper is hurried and minimally meets assignment standard.

 

 

(8)

Writing is somewhat clear, meanings are understood though not explicit; concepts are clear; paper is acceptable – somewhat hurried.

 

 

 

(9)

Writing is clear, meanings are explicit and easily understood; concepts are cogent; paper is carefully written – not hurried; paper meets assignment standard.

 

 

 

(10)

 
Sources 

 

 

10 pts. (Maximum)

Google, Wikipedia or other nonscholarly sources

 

 

(7)

Textbook, non-scholarly sources used (e.g., Google, government

websites, dotcom websites, etc.)

(8)

Peer-reviewed and scholarly sources, textbooks, or professional resource manuals used (at minimum)

 

(9)

Peer-reviewed and scholarly sources, textbooks, or professional resource

manuals used (more than required)

 

(10)

 

Total Points’ ____/50

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