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  1. Prepare the writing assignment as an electronic document in correct MLA format.
  2. 750-1,000 words.
  3. Paper is on a topic to be determined by the class.
  4. Paper is laid out in MLA Format (
  5. 4 scholarly research sources, at least two of which are from the library.
  6. Sources are a mix of various types: books, journal articles, authoritative web sites, etc.
  7. Sources are cited using in-text citations ( and pp. 365-71 in your textbook).
  8. In-text citations conform to MLA format.
  9. Sources are listed on a "Works Cited" page ( and pp. 361-2 in your textbook).
  10. "Works Cited" listings conform to MLA format.
  11. Introductory paragraph includes a thesis statement that aims to prove a point, state a problem and a solution, offer a personal opinion, or take a side in a scholarly argument.
  12. Refer to the models on pp. 78-80 of your textbook.
  13. Evidence from research sources is used in support of the thesis.
  14. Thesis is argued as discussed in Chapter 19 of your textbook and supported using: Example/Illustration, Comparison and Contrast, Cause and Effect, Classification and Division, and/or Definition.
  15. Sources are integrated into the discussion of the paper.
  16. Concluding paragraph includes a restatement of the thesis.
  17. Concluding paragraph includes discussion on the implications/importance/relevance/use of the thesis. Refer to the models on pp. 94-5 and pp. 340-1 of your textbook.
  18. Paper is free from spelling errors.
  19. Paper is free from grammatical errors.
  20. Paper is free from punctuation errors.
  21. Paper incorporates stylistic elements like parallelism, variation of sentence length and structure, avoidance of passive voice, and use of transitions.
  22. Paper is free from discourse unrelated to the thesis.


Evaluating Websources



Evaluation Criteria

Currency:  The timeliness of the information.

  • When was the information published or posted?

  • Has the information been revised or updated?

  • Is the information current or out-of-date for your topic?

  • Are the links functional?

Relevance:  The importance of the information for your needs.

  •     Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?

  •     Who is the intended audience?

  •     Is the information at an appropriate level?

  •     Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?

  •     Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?

Authority:  The source of the information.

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?

  • Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?

  • Is the author a teacher or student of the topic?

  • Does the author have a reputation?

  • Is there contact information, such as an e-mail address?

  • Has the author published works in traditional formats?

  • Is the author affiliated with an organization?

  • Does this organization appear to support or sponsor the page?

  • What does the domain name/URL reveal about the source of the information, if anything?

Accuracy:  The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.

  • Where does the information come from?

  • Are the original sources of information listed?

  • Can  you verify any of the information in independent sources or from you own knowledge?

  • Has the information been reviewed or referred?

  • Does the language or tone seem biased?

  • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typos?

Purpose:  The reason the information exists.

  • Are possible biases clearly stated?

  • Is advertising content vs. informational content easily distinguishable?

  • Are editorials clearly labeled?

  • Is the purpose of the page stated?

  • Is the purpose to:  inform? teach? entertain? enlighten? sell? persuade?

  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?



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