Research papers will be graded according to the following rubric.  Levels correspond roughly to letter grades ( 4 = A, 1 = F), though requirements will vary somewhat depending on the level of the class and the length of the paper. Each area will be weighted as indicated:

Level Criterion/Requirement
  Research and Documentation (40%)
4 Numerous relevant scholarly sources (and primary sources, where available and appropriate) demonstrating extensive, in-depth research; little reliance on tertiary sources; sources skillfully incorporated into paper at all necessary points; all citations--in-text and bibliography--follow a standard bibliographic format
3 Several relevant secondary sources, revealing adequate research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; no more than one or two citation errors
2 Several relevant secondary sources, more than one tertiary source; some facts not referenced; several citation errors
1 Over-reliance on tertiary sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors
  ANY EVIDENCE OF ANY SOURCE OR QUOTATION NOT CITED--0 FOR ENTIRE PAPER
  Analysis and Argument (40%)
4 Narrow, focused topic with clear, insightful, informed thesis; forceful, persuasive argument amply supported by facts that are carefully chosen and weighed; evidence of sophisticated understanding of historical context and causality
3 Topic good but a bit too large for paper length; clear thesis; good argument well supported by cited facts; sensitivity to historical context and causality
2 Topic considerably too large for paper length and/or marginally related to course; thesis not clear; paper organized more toward chronology than analysis and argument
1 Topic considerably too large for paper length and/or marginally related to course; simple chronology with no discernible argument; logical and factual errors; significant problems with understanding of historical context
  Grammar/Style (15%)
4 Essentially free of grammatical errors; concise introduction with clear thesis; extremely well organized and supported argument; cogent, summative conclusion
3 A few grammatical errors; distinct introduction, though thesis not entirely clear; organization and examples appropriate; conclusion does not summarize the point
2 Several grammatical errors; introduction and organization weak; conclusion weak
1 Pattern of ungrammatical writing; little evidence of coherent organization
  Format/ Submission (5%)
4 Paper neatly typed and formatted according to assignment guidelines; electronic file clearly named according to Electronic Submission guidelines; Digital Drop Box used if available; student name, E-mail address, Course and Section, Assignment, and Date clearly indicated; if working with a team, team cited.
3 Paper typed and formatted according to assignment guidelines with very few errors; electronic file clearly named according to Electronic Submission guidelines; Digital Drop Box used if available; no more than one of the above elements missing
2 Paper typed and formatted with some errors; filename vague, misleading, or incomplete; student uses floppy or e-mail attachment; one or two of the above elements missing
1 Paper not typed, or typed with numerous errors; format guidelines not followed; no electronic version submitted; more than two of the above elements missing