Assignment Outcomes
  • Students will be able to find a librarian in order to ask relevant questions to their research.
  • Students will be able to identify a credible, academic source.
  • Students will be able to create a correct MLA citation for a source.
  • Students will be able to understand the differences between summary and critique and produce both for a source.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a level-appropriate research process and source search strategy.
Relevant Course Outcome
  • Students will be able to identify the steps of the research process and apply information literacy skills in a variety of contexts.

Due: November 21 (midnight, will be turned in through "Assignments" on Blackboard as always (with the exception of the Library Visit Form, which will be turned by the day assignment is due in hard copy)
Format: Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, SINGLE-SPACED

Instructions
Items to find in the Course Research Scavenger Hunt

1) A signed Library Visit Form.
  • Print the Library Visit Form:
  • Go to the library and consult with one of the librarians about your research.
  • Have your librarian fill out the Library Visit Form.
  • Turn in the form in class (this will be the only part you turn in as a hard copy).

2) A credible, academic source relevant to the subject of your Course Research.
  • Questions about how to find a source? Why don't you ask a librarian?
  • Questions concerning credibility? Ask Dr. T or our librarian! Another source: http://fitchburgstate.libguides.com/howdoi
  • Also read further in: Research and Citation Help
  • Preferred options for type of source: journal article or book article (as these have enough content but are short enough to profile in the Scavenger Hunt)

3) A correct MLA citation for this source (i.e. what would appear in a Works Cited).

4) A summary of source’s content, particularly its argument (200 words).

5) A brief critique of source’s content (200 words).

6) A search log, detailing how you found the source, including:
  • Library research databases you used and the order in which you consulted them.
  • Search terms you used and the order in which you tried them.
  • Criteria you used to narrow down your search.
  • Criteria you used to determine credibility of the source.
  • Reasons you chose your final source.
  • For a template that you can cut and paste into your own document:

7) A paragraph outlining your ideas for your Course Research (200 words).

Note: as always, if you directly quote from the source, you should use parenthetical (in-text) citations
Note: keep records of (or copies of) the other research you find during your search to use later for your Course Research

Further Resources

Rubric: Course Research Scavenger Hunt
The Course Research Scavenger Hunt will be 15% of the Course Research grade, which is 20% of the overall course grade.
Criteria
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Library Visit Form
(5 points)
Present and filled out



Credible Source/MLA Citation
(15 points)
Employs correct MLA Works Cited format; source is credible and relevant
Employs mostly correct MLA Works Cited format; source is credible and mostly relevant
Employs recognizable MLA Works Cited format with errors and inconsistencies; source is relatively credible, but lacks relevance
Employs unrecognizable Works Cited format with confusing errors and inconsistencies; source lacks credibility and relevance
Abstract
(20 points)
Demonstrates in-depth understanding of the source’s argument
Demonstrates a clear understanding of the source’s argument
Demonstrates a basic understanding of the source’s argument
Demonstrates little to no understanding of the source’s argument
Critique
(20 points)
Provides careful and in-depth analysis of the source’s argument and evidence used
Provides solid analysis of the source’s argument and evidence used
Provides basic analysis of of the source’s argument and evidence used
Provides little, repetitive, or faulty analysis of the source’s argument and evidence used
Search Log
(20 points)



Includes detailed log of the following:
  • Library research databases you used and the order in which you consulted them.
  • Search terms you used and the order in which you tried them.
  • Criteria you used to narrow down your search.
  • Criteria you used to determine credibility of the source.
  • Reasons you chose your final source.
Includes adequate log of the following:
  • Library research databases you used and the order in which you consulted them.
  • Search terms you used and the order in which you tried them.
  • Criteria you used to narrow down your search.
  • Criteria you used to determine credibility of the source.
  • Reasons you chose your final source.
Includes basic log of the following:
  • Library research databases you used and the order in which you consulted them.
  • Search terms you used and the order in which you tried them.
  • Criteria you used to narrow down your search.
  • Criteria you used to determine credibility of the source.
  • Reasons you chose your final source.
Includes little to none of the following:
  • Library research databases you used and the order in which you consulted them.
  • Search terms you used and the order in which you tried them.
  • Criteria you used to narrow down your search.
  • Criteria you used to determine credibility of the source.
  • Reasons you chose your final source.
Course Research Description
(20 points)
Provides a clear and well-considered description of proposed Course Research
Provides a clear description of proposed Course Research
Provides a basic description of proposed Course Research
Provides little or confusing description of proposed Course Research
Mechanics
(20 points)
Utilizes the mechanics of writing and grammar both correctly and with effective, deliberate (potentially even elegant) purpose; adheres to course Writing Expectations
Utilizes the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and deliberately, though may contain some errors; demonstrates solid understanding of course Writing Expectations
Tends not to use the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and contains noticeable errors; demonstrates basic awareness of course Writing Expectations
Does not use the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and deliberately and contains noticeable errors; demonstrates little awareness of course Writing Expectations