Does the paper have an adequately focused thesis?
Can I detect its best readers, and what it wants to tell them about some
issue relevant to this case?
Does the paper have an organization which is clear enough to control its
parts? Do its paragraphs follow a
coherent strategy to lead the best readers from where they started to the
author's desired conclusion?
Does the specific evidence usually support the thesis in sufficient
quantity and with sufficient quality? Is
it the kind of evidence the best readers need, and is it carefully used?
Is the paper written clearly enough so that no sentences or paragraphs
confuse the reader? Are word
choice, word order, punctuation, paragraph construction, and MLA in-text
parenthetical source citation
following the conventions of academic prose?
5) Does the document contain the following elements most Goucher professors expect to see in a properly formatted paper: author’s name, course and section number, date; a clear and accurate title; page numbers; double-spaced text with proper paragraph indents; a “Works Cited” section with properly formatted entries (for courses using MLA format)?