|Criteria for Evaluation||Beginning||Developing||Competent||Excellent|
1 search tool used
|2 search tools used||3 search tools used||4 or more search tools used|
|Authority of Sources||
No effort expended to identify authors or their credentials, or authors' credentials not relevant to topic.
Minimal effort expended to identify authors or their credentials, or authors' credentials only marginally relevant to topic.
|At least half of authors identified and their credentials mostly relevant to topic.||Most or all authors identified and their credentials clearly relevant to topic.|
|Content Summarization||Attempts but essentially fails to summarize each source's main idea.||Does not clearly summarize each source's main idea.||Clearly summarizes main ideas of nearly all sources used.||Clearly summarizes main ideas of all sources used.|
|Content Relevance||Does not attempt (or fails) to evaluate relevance of sources, which only marginally apply to topic.||Evaluates relevance of at least half of sources used, which only generally apply to topic.||Evaluates relevance of nearly all sources used; sources mostly apply to topic and generally support thesis.||Carefully evaluates relevance of all sources used; sources strongly support thesis; demonstrates explicit connections to topic.|
|Search Strategies||No effort expended to identify search syntax or methods.||Demonstrates basic understanding of search syntax and methods.||Demonstrates understanding of more advanced search syntax and methods.||Demonstrates advanced understanding of search syntax and methods as well as strengths and weaknesses of individual search tools.|
|Bibliographic Format||Citations follow no discernible bibliographic format or pattern of frequent citation errors.||Citations follow a standard bibliographic format (Chicago, MLA, Turabian, etc.) with several citation errors.||All citations are cited following a standard bibliographic format with no more than 3 citation errors.||All citations are correctly cited following a consistent standard bibliographic format.|