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Former EBM I Literature Review Requirements: Literature Review Rubric

This guide has information about the literature review assignment for the Evidence Based Medicine I course at NEOMED.


  • HSC III Students: Use the following Assignment Guide:


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.

36 out of 45 points (80%) 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

Article Requirement (1 Point)

  1. Utilized 1 research article and 1 review article


Quality of Writing (5 Points)

  1. No or few spelling and punctuations errors
  2. No or few grammatical errors
  3. Writing was organized, clear, and concise
  4. Paper is 4-5 pages in length
  5. Writing is graduate level in mechanics and quality

Introduction (4 Points)

  1. Objective of paper is clearly defined
  2. Background information on disease/condition has been included.
  3. Statistical information about the disease/condition provided (such as incidence, prevalence, etc.)
  4. 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 (16 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. Possible author biases were considered.
  16. Conclusions of authors summarized

Discussion (12 points: 2 points each - Student may receive 2 or 0 points for each component.)

  1. Research article critiqued
  2. Strengths and weaknesses given
  3. Importance of the topic to medicine/pharmacy
  4. POEM or DOE
  5. Apply results to clinical practice.  Are there other factors that may influence the choice of one or both of these drugs/treatments/programs/interventions?
  6. Future trends in medicine/pharmacy

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.


Self-directed Learning (3 points): (Faculty must provide comments for this section.)

  1. Student assessed their learning needs and determined a plan to meet those needs.   
  2. Student listed the professional resources (primary, secondary, or tertiary) that were utilized to answer the clinical question. Student analyzed and synthesized relevant information from these resources.
  3. Student appraised the credibility of the information resources.



Pass / Fail

Need 36 out of 40 points (80%) to pass the assignment.

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