Grading Criteria Possible Points Student’s Score
I. Format 10
A. A title page that includes name, topic, the course title, date, instructor.
B. Structure
1. Neatly typewritten
2. Spelling and grammar
3. Logical topic development
C. Length (3 page[s] not counting title page) 2
D. D.APA general formatting rules and citations throughout the paper
II. Content 80
A. Summary of Article:
1. Examine the organization and presentation of the report
2. Complete, concise, clearly presented, and logically organized
3. Does not include excessive jargon that is difficult for students and practicing nurses to read
4. References are complete, current and consistent in format
5. Authors have the educational and clinical credentials to conduct the study
Remember, this is a critique of the research article, and the summary is a critique summary, not a summation of the author’s work.
B. Critique
Identification of report elements. Evaluate objectively, then explain how these elements from the chosen study meet (or do not meet) the expected definition and purpose of each element
1. Descriptive Vividness
2. Documentation of Participants
3. Methodological Congruence
4. Ethical Standards
5. Auditability
6. Analytical and Interpretive Preciseness
7. Philosophical / Theoretical Connectedness
8. Heuristic Relevance
A. Intuitive Recognition
B. Relationship to existing Body of Knowledge
C. Threats to Nursing
1. Practice
2. Research
3. Education
Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the research article. In this comparison and analysis phase of the critique, consider how the research elements relate to one another, particularly in reference to the stated research design. Here is a suggestion list of elements to consider. Reference your Research text also, as this is not an exhaustive list.
 is the research objective format at a comparable level to the stated design
 do the operational tools measure the concept
 do the data reflect the level of measurement necessary for the stated statistics used
 is the sampling method and plan style appropriate for the chosen research design
 has the author related the theoretical framework to concept variables, and outcomes
 is the problem heuristic to nursing, does the theoretical basis related to nursing concerns
 are limitations (both types) and biases addressed – can you identify possible concerns to generalizability
 validity and reliability of instruments/data: of outcomes due to uncontrolled threats
 does the author support the study rigor expected for the stated design
 are study variables – demographics, setting – controlled sufficiently for chosen research design
1. Specify examples
2. Justify your criticisms of these examples
3. Suggest research method alternatives 20
Implications. Explore the implications of the study for –
1. Professional clinical practice
2. Further research (higher level, replication for changes in elements)
III. References 10
1. APA style
2. Article criteria: <5 years, nurse authored, peer-reviewed
3. USA published

Total Points 100

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