Research Paper Overview

  1. POLS 111 FYRE Assignment: Research Paper Overview
    The research paper must draw upon both literature and data about your case study (your two
    selected federal electoral districts) to answer your research question. The research paper must
    be written in the following structure, using clear headings for each section:
    Research Paper Title
    Author name
    Abstract (100-150 words)
    Introduction (50-100 words)
    • Introduction to topic and why it matters
    • Statement of research question
    • Brief summary of research finding and argument to be advanced (evidence-based thesis
    Literature Review (200-500 words)
    • Using available literature (aim for 3-10 sources, favoring peer reviewed sources
    published within the last ten years), summarize what is known about this topic. (You
    may reuse text from your research proposal.)
    Data and Analysis (150-250 words)
    • Description of the selected federal electoral districts. (You may reuse information from
    your research proposal but do NOT simply present the research proposal table).
    • Description of data sources used for study. (Where relevant, include information on
    dates, search terms, hashtags, etc.) Discussion of strengths and limitations of data
    sources for answering the research question.
    Discussion (250-500 words)
    • Use data about your case study (your two selected federal electoral districts) to answer
    the research question to the best of your abilities. (Note: the use of tables or graphics is
    • Identify areas for future research
    Conclusion (50-100 words)
    • Revisit research finding and argument that was advanced (evidence-based thesis
    statement) in the introduction
    Bibliography (no limit)
    • Provide information on all work (literature, data sources, other) cited in the paper. Use
    Chicago author-date format. Note that there must be an in-text citation for everything
    that is listed in the bibliography.
    Grading Rubric (out of 25 points)
    Unacceptable Acceptable Exceptional
    Demonstrated in
    Value: 10 pts
    • Terminology is used
    incorrectly at times
    • Paper prioritizes less
    important details over
    more important
    • It is not clear that the
    literature cited was
    understood and/or
    research does not
    clearly tie to the
    • Topic importance is
    Range: 0-4.9
    • Terminology is
    defined and/or used
    • Paper focuses on
    more important
    details over less
    important details
    • Paper engages with
    the literature and
    • Topic importance is
    clearly stated
    Range: 5.0-7.9
    • Terminology is
    clearly defined and
    consistently used
    • Paper clearly
    describes important
    details and explains
    their importance
    • Paper demonstrates
    understanding of
    the literature and
    research ties
    directly to the
    • Topic importance is
    clear and compelling
    Range: 8.0-10.0
    Demonstrated in
    Research and
    Value: 10 pts
    • Research question
    and/or methodology
    information is vague;
    argument advanced is
    unclear or
    • Data presentation
    incomplete or
    inaccurate, and/or
    presentation format is
    hard to understand
    Range: 0-4.9
    • Paper presents a
    clear research
    question, outlines its
    method, and uses
    evidence to clearly
    answers the research
    • Data presentation
    complete and
    Range: 5.0-7.9
    • Paper presents a clear
    research question,
    outlines its method with
    sufficient detail, and
    uses evidence to clearly
    answers the research
    question; argument
    advanced is convincing
    • Data presentation
    complete and accurate;
    presentation format is
    easy to understand
    Range: 8.0-10.0
    and Sourcing
    Across Full
    • Ideas are confusing
    • Information is not
    used appropriately:
    Quotations are
    overused and/or used
    • Ideas are clearly stated
    • Information is used
    Quotations are used
    infrequently; information
    • Writing is crafted to
    illustrate main points
    easily and effectively
    • Information is used
    ethically: Quotations are
    Value: 5 pts inappropriately;
    source citations
    (including in text
    citations and
    bibliography) are
    incomplete and/or
    presented incorrectly
    • Number and types of
    spelling and grammar
    errors confuse the
    Range: 0-2.4
    is frequently
    paraphrased; sources are
    appropriately cited using
    Chicago author-date
    • There are rare spelling
    and grammar errors, and
    ideas are not impacted
    Range: 2.5-3.9
    used infrequently;
    information is
    appropriately and
    smoothly; sources are
    appropriately cited using
    Chicago author-date
    • Submission is polished
    and there are no
    significant errors
    Range: 4.0-5.0
    TOTAL 0-12.4/25 12.5 – 19.9/25 20.0-25.0/25
    Acknowledgements: Professor Loleen Berdahl, University of Saskatchewan, designed this
    research project. She thanks her colleagues across the country who provided her with feedback
    and suggestions to refine the assignment.

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