Rating Criteria for Judging Papers
- The main idea (thesis) must be well defined and well expressed.
- The research paper must have an effective introduction and conclusion.
- Each paragraph in the paper must develop the thesis.
- The flow of ideas from one paragraph to the next must be clear.
- Sentences must be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
- Sentences must demonstrate variety in length and structure. In addition, words and phrases must be economical and precise.
- References to outside sources must be timely (as the topic allows), relevant, and applicable to developing the thesis.
- The text must demonstrate skillful integration of original ideas with documented facts and opinions of others.
- The majority of sources used for the research paper must be from the HCC Library and may include databases, electronic and print journals and books, newspapers, or audiovisual material.
- A consistency of citation and bibliographic form must be rigorously maintained.
For each of the above criteria listed above, points are assigned as follows:
0 - No control
1 - Little control
2 - Average control
3 - Skilled control
Ideas expressed in the "Reflective Essay" will be carefully considered when evaluating submissions.