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PPC IV Literature Review Requirements (self-directed learning assignment): Literature Review Rubric

Help Understanding the Rubric Requirements

  • See the "Understanding the Rubric" tab for more information about the rubric requirements.
  • Literature Review is due September 28th at 11:55 pm.


This rubric provides the guidelines upon which the literature review will be evaluated and graded.  Please make sure your papers adequately cover each of the points laid out in the rubric.

31.5 out of 45 points (70%) are needed to pass this assignment.

Questions about the Assignment

Please refer questions about the assignment to Heather McEwen, MLIS, MS.

Office: G-142 (within the Department of Family and Community Medicine)
Phone: 330-325-6605


Rubric Criteria

(Faculty must provide comments missed component points and all self-directed learning (SDL) components.)

MC = Meets Competency, NI = Needs Improvement
E = Excellent (discussion section only)

Resources Requirement (1 Point)

  1. Utilized 1 research article and 1-4 additional professional resource


Quality of Writing (5 Points)

  1. No or few spelling and punctuation errors
  2. No or few grammatical errors
  3. Writing was organized, clear, and concise
  4. Paper is 5-6 pages in length (Cover page is optional. Cover page and literature cited section can be on additional pages over the 6.5 page limit).
  5. Writing is graduate level in mechanics and quality

Introduction (6 Points)

  1. Clinical question of paper is clearly defined (SDL component)
  2. Student describes learning needs to answer clinical question. (SDL component) 
  3. Student described search strategy and listed the professional resources (primary, secondary, or tertiary) that were utilized to answer the clinical question. (SDL component)
  4. Background information on disease/condition has been included.
  5. Statistical information about the disease/condition provided (such as incidence, prevalence, etc.)
  6. Background information on the two drugs or treatments is provided (including information about how the drugs or treatments differ from one another). For a healthcare underserved topic, background information is provided on the programs/interventions and information on what has been attempted in the past.


Research Article (15 Points)

  1. Objective of study provided
  2. Hypothesis of study given
  3. Clinical research design of the study described
  4. Type of blinding
  5. Funding source
  6. Sample size provided
  7. Country in which research was performed
  8. Article's Level of Evidence
  9. Inclusion/exclusion criteria provided
  10. All primary outcomes and important secondary outcomes provided
  11. Methods described
  12. Results described
  13. Student listed statistical tests utilized in the study
  14. Important statistical results discussed
  15. Conclusions of authors summarized

Discussion (14 points, 2 points each (E = 2 pts, MC = 1 pt, NI = 0 pts))

  1. Research article critiqued
  2. Student appraised the credibility of the research article (strengths and weaknesses) (SDL component)
  3. POEM or DOE
  4. Importance of the topic to medicine
  5. Student synthesized relevant information from all the cited resources. (SDL component)
  6. Apply results to clinical practice.  Are there other factors that may influence the choice of one or both of these drugs/treatments/programs/interventions?
  7. Future trends in medicine

Literature Cited Section (4 points: 2 points each)

  1. Literature properly cited with the text of the paper
  2. Literature properly cited using the National Library of Medicine style within the literature cited section of the paper.



Pass / Fail

Need 31.5 out of 45 points (70%) to pass the assignment.

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