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Faculty Information at Spokane Falls Community College: Information Literacy Rubrics

Information Literacy Checklists & Rubrics (documents)

Checklists and rubrics help students self-correct and forcus.  Rubrics should be shared with students so they understand the instructors' expectations.  Rubrics save time when it comes to grading.

Sample Rubrics

Rubric Developed by Social Science Faculty SFCC

Draft rubric developed by Social Science faculty and SFCC librarians  June 2011


No Evidence = 0

Emerging = 1

Developing = 2

Mastering = 3


Source evaluation/understandPrimary vs. secondary


Single source

No recognition of need for evaluation

Know to evaluate though unsure of criteria

Secondary popular  non-academic sources only

Uses mostly reliable sources


Can justify most but not all criteria


Good quality sources

Appropriate variety of resources

Can justify use of value of sources


Synthesis of disciplinary ideas/

Work makes no reference to any disciplinary ideas or contributions.

Although limited, an idea appears of the discipline’s role.

Disciplinary fault lines are described or referred to.

Disciplinary fault lines are critically examined.

Demonstrates deeper understanding of issues than most


Differentiate quality of sources ; Primary /Secondary sources used appropriately

Cannot differentiate source types.  Uses opinions rather than research

Use mainly popular sources; little  or no use of academic sources

Used some scholarly sources though lack range in type of sources

 Secondary or outdated sources predominate

Uses scholarly timely primary sources and secondary sources where appropriate. 


Project is fact-based synthesizing facts rather than opinions to form conclusions 

Multiple errors of fact appear or misinterpretation of facts to support personal opinions. Opinion drives project regardless of data or sources

Some factual errors and some misinterpretation of factual data; student opinions predominate over fact  and data

Facts accurately connect to other facts.  Opinions expressed are based on research and data. 


Reliable factual information drives this project.  Project exhibits a synthesis of  data and facts to form conclusions 


Citation styles



No citations or

no discernable citation style


Citations present but grossly incomplete, incorrect and/or inconsistent


Errors remain, but evidence and format acceptable.


Correct and in style and format



Writing intensive option

No  drafts or working bibliography submitted for review

Draft and/or bibliography not  submitted on schedule; reflexive comments or corrections largely ignored.

Draft and/or working bibliography  submitted and some reflective comments incorporated in final project

High quality final project completed on schedule with all corrections, suggestions and comments addressed




Pre-College Research Evaluation Illustration