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Cited References Rubric

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Cited References Rubric, adapted from a rubric developed by Kohl and Wilson (1986)
Link to rubric  Cited References Rubric.doc
Description:  Capstone assignments may include group and individual presentations, research projects, papers, and poster sessions. Rubrics can be applied to these experiences to evaluate the level of information fluency skills demonstrated by graduation candidates.  The following rubrics was used to evaluate 1842 cited references from 30 dissertations on the criteria of scholarliness, currency, and appropriateness of the source to the subject being developed.
The rubric is based on earlier work by David Kohl and Betsy Wilson (1986). Criteria are defined as:
  • Scholarliness; how good is the fit of the source for the topic?  (Does the student use empirical, peer-reviewed journal articles rather than accounts in general magazines?  Or, does the student use sources from scholarly presses rather than popular publishers?)
  • Currency; is an appropriate decision made regarding retrospective versus contemporary sources for the topic?  (If recent research on a particular topic is required, were journal articles rather than books consulted?)
  • Appropriateness; is the material type appropriate for treatment of the topic?  (If the student needs to develop their rationale for use of a learning theory, is a book more appropriate than an encyclopedic entry?)
For more information see:
Beile, P. M., Boote, D. N., and Killingsworth, E. K. (April 2003). Characteristics of Education doctoral dissertation references:  Results of an analysis of dissertation citations from three institutions. Paper delivered at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, April, 2003. 
Beile, P. M., Boote, D. N., and Killingsworth, E. K. (2004). A microscope or a mirror?: A question of study validity regarding the use of dissertation citation analysis for evaluating research collections (in Education).  Journal of Academic Librarianship, (30)5: 347-353.


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