Here are some useful research guides, grading rubrics, and other helpful material.
- Some are links to useful websites.
- Some are web-based guides that build on the work of others, with links to the originals.
- Some are PDF files. A few browsers require you to save these to your desktop for viewing.
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On doing research:
- “The Concept Paper” — a 1-page guide. (Click here for a downloadable CC version.)
- A one-page handout on 20 Literature Search Strategies (CC). 95kb PDF file, revised 1/16
- “Web Literacy for Students”, by Mike Caulfield — an online (open-access) book about fact-checking the Internet. Highly recommended.
- “Types of Research” (CC). 52kb PDF file
- “How Many Subjects” (a guide for non-random interview projects) (CC). 71kb PDF file
- “How to Write an Interview Protocol” (CC). 82kb PDF file
- “Interviews” — an online guide from Research Methods Knowledge Base
- “On Fieldnotes” (a template with instructions) (CC). 47kb PDF file
- “What Statistical Test Should I Use?” (a flowchart) (CC). 77kb PDF file
Assignment guides: Instructions for specific assignments can be found on this site’s Assignments page.
- About PechaKucha presentations.
- The Unessay: an assignment developed by Daniel Paul O’Donnell
- Guidelines for group book presentations. 14kb PDF file
- Rules for Writing (a guide for Jim Spickard’s classes). 183kb PDF file
- University of Redlands WB (Writing Across the Curriculum) Rubric 71KB PDF file
- “Field & Data Exercise Rubric”. 103kb PDF file.
- “Research Example Rubric”. 139kb PDF file
- “Research Proposal Rubric”. 135kb PDF file
- Standards for Blog Posts
- How I Grade Course Participation
- Research Design Rubric (Excellent/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory version with details about each design element) 182kb PDF file
- Research Design Rubric (Summary A-F version) 130kb PDF file
Websites with useful material on research: (see also the Web Resources section of our Readings page)
- Research Methods Knowledge Base — a website by William M.K. Trochim, Professor of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University
- Every Monday through Friday, Kevin Lewis posts abstracts from scholarly research at his National Affairs Blog. He presents a different topic each day, with 20-25 (usually) insightful articles. This is a great source for locating solid research designs!!
- An extremely incomplete list of YouTube videos on quantitative data analysis and statistics. Some of are well done, some are deadly boring, but all have good content.
- Norton Publishing’s “Methods in Context” video series: a set of talking-head interviews with researchers who describe their research projects. Short but useful.
- Graham Gibbs: “The Research Interview” 6 You-Tube videos, which together form a long lecture on the whats, whys, and hows of research interviewing. Boring but complete. Worth a look/skim.
Websites with useful material on writing:
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