Grading Guidelines for Papers


I.               Thesis , introduction and conclusion:  Does the paper have a clearly articulated thesis?  Are the main points to be discussed clearly spelled out in the introduction? Does the paper reach a logical conclusion that clearly summarizes what has been done and that demonstrates the validity of the thesis?









II.             Organization:  Does the paper have an easy to follow organization?  Do the main arguments flow logically from point to point?










III.           Research:  Does the paper show evidence of good research?  Are the facts right?  Is evidence from sources clearly explained and cited? Is there a correctly formatted bibliography?












IV.           Analysis: Is there an analytical framework within which facts fit?  Does the paper read like an encyclopedia entry or an analytical paper?