Research Term Paper GEOL Goal: Develop a thorough treatment of a topic,

Research Term Paper GEOL

Goal: Develop a thorough treatment of a topic, controversy, or testable hypothesis in some way pertaining to marine geology.

Your paper should be focused on synthesizing the research papers you find on your topic.

A very small selection of possible topics:

Marine phosphate deposits

Deep ocean sediments

Barrier island evolution

Geologic signature of ice ages

Mantle plumes

Hydrothermal vents

Deep ocean trenches

Storm effects on coasts

River delta sedimentation

Coastal erosion

Stable isotopes for dating rocks

Format:

Give a thorough treatment of the topic in no more than 15 pages, 1.5 or 2 spaced, 1 inch margins, normal-sized type (Calibri 11, Times New Roman 12, etc.). References do not count toward the page limit. Going over the page limit gets you at least 5 points off, more if very long.

**Use the APA references style. Here is a helpful website: https://www.mendeley.com/guides/apa-citation-guide

General:

Literature review research skills are very important to this assignment. Peer-reviewed scientific articles should make up the bulk of your references list. Gray literature such as theses and government reports may also be included.

Research Paper Rubric Name: Score: _______/36

Category

Exceeds Standard (4 points)

Meets Standard (3)

Nearly Meets Standard (2)

Does Not Meet Standard (1)

No Evidence (0)

Score

Introduction

– Is engaging, states the main topic and previews the structure of the paper.

– States the main topic and previews the structure of the paper.

– States main topic but does not adequately preview the structure of the paper.

– Unfocused, does not relate to the topic, or main topic / structure are missing.

Absent, no evidence

Thesis Statement

– Clearly and concisely states the paper’s purpose in a single sentence.

– States the paper’s purpose in a single sentence.

– States the paper’s purpose, but not in a single sentence.

– Incomplete and/or unfocused.

Absent, no evidence

Body

– Each paragraph has a topic sentence with thoughtful supporting detail sentences and effective transitions between paragraphs.

– Each paragraph has a topic sentence with supporting detail sentences. Paragraph development present but not perfected.

– Each paragraph lacks a topic sentence or supporting sentences, or there is more than one idea per paragraph.

– Paragraphs are disorganized collections of unrelated sentences or otherwise illogical.

Not applicable

Organization & Structural Development

– Writer demonstrates logical and subtle sequencing of ideas at very high level, leads reader effectively to the conclusion.

– Logical organization, writer’s thoughts and ideas are easy to follow.

– Logical organization of thoughts and ideas, but not fully developed. Is slightly confusing to the reader.

– No evidence of structure or organization. Paper is very confusing or scattered.

Not applicable

Conclusion

– The conclusion is engaging & relates directly to the main content.

– The conclusion restates the thesis.

– The conclusion does not adequately restate the thesis.

– Incomplete and/or unfocused.

Absent

Mechanics

– No errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, word use.

– Few errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, word use.

– Many errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, word use.

– Numerous and distracting errors.

Not applicable

Scientific

content

– All statements correct, evidence of critical thinking and effective synthesis of different sources.

– Strong geology focus.

– All statements correct, not much evidence of critical thinking or synthesis.

– Strong geology focus.

– One or two incorrect statements in entire paper.

– Strong geology focus.

– Many factual errors present.

– Paper is mostly not about geology, or geology is not the main focus.

Not applicable

Citations

– All works that should be cited are cited.
– Correct format with no errors.

– Most works that should be cited are cited.

– Some inconsistencies in format.

– Few citations.

– Citations not done in the correct format, or many inconsistencies in format.

– Absent

Not applicable

Bibliography

– Correct format, no errors.

– Includes more than 5 major references (science journal articles, books) and no more than 2 internet sites.

– Correct format, few errors.

– Includes 5 major references and no more than 2 internet sites. (Periodicals available online don’t count as internet).

– Correct format, some errors.

– Includes 4 major references or 5+ with up to 3 internet sites.

– Correct format, many errors.

– Includes 3 major references or more than 3 internet sites.

– Incorrect format.

– Only internet sites, no major references.

More than 15 pages long (not counting figures and references)? No Yes – 5 points.

More than 15 pages long (not counting figures and references)? No Yes – 5 points.