A rubric is a scoring tool with points awarded for different categories when you assess a resource or piece of work. It is explicit and has looks at specific criteria. Each criteria has levels of achievement, which are given numerical scores. After completing a rubric, a summary score for the work may be produced.
Many students enter college having successfully searched for things in Google for years. They know how to use it, and it gets them
results. But the truth is that knowing how to search Google and knowing how to use it as a research tool are two very different things. For example, because of the way Google returns results in one list, it's hard to discern that there are different types of resources in that list, including sites that want to sell you something, blog entries, PowerPoints from conferences, and even research articles.
For some assignments, you will be asked to do research and provide credible and often scholarly resources to support your project. You may choose to start with Google and you will likely find results. But how will you know if the information you've found is reliable? Is relevant to your project? Is written by an expert?
The Madigan Library Evaluating Works Cited Rubric will help you figure out what resources are credible and appropriate and what ones are not.