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Former EBM I Literature Review Requirements: Assignment Instructions

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:

Important Dates

  • Paper due date: TBD, 2020 at 5 pm.
  • Faculty graders must turn in their grades by December 1st.
  • Resubmission due date: TBD, 2020 at 5 pm.



Support Services for ESL Students

The Learning Center has hired a part-time ESL tutor from Kent State University’s Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) graduate program. This tutor, Amanda Balch, will collaborate with Learning Center staff, and faculty from both the COM and COP to offer one-on-one meetings to address students’ concerns with writing, communication, public speaking, field-specific vocabulary, and more.


Sessions will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the academic year.

  • You can sign up for a 30 minute session with Amanda, one-on-one, from 4:00-8:00 pm, while additional availability from 12-4 PM may become available as well. All sessions, including their specific location, are currently available for you to view and sign-up in AIMS.

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Paper Instructions

Final Assignment Grade: All students must receive a 80% or higher to pass the assignment. You must pass the assignment to pass the HSC III course.

Topic/Clinical Question

  •  You will be to choose a of your own or a topic from the Paper Topics Ideas tab in this LibGuide for your literature review.  Please see Professor McEwen if you would like to choose a topic that is not on the topic list.
  • Your topic must compare two drugs, treatments, programs, technologies, etc. as the intervention and the comparison. You may not use a placebo as the comparison but can use usual care. You must define usual care in your paper. 
  • Please note that if the article compares three or more drugs, you can concentrate on your two drugs. See more information in the papers topic page of this guide.
  • We will not have covered meta-analyses in class by the time that the paper is due. You may use a meta-analysis as your review article but not your research article.
  • Returning students must choose a new topic for their paper.


  • You must use at least one research article and one (narrative or systematic) review article from peer-reviewed journals. You may not use a meta-analysis/systematic review for your research article. The lecture discussing how to evaluate meta-analyses/systematic reviews is after the due date for the paper.
  • You may use additional professional resources for your paper. These additional resources may include other articles, drug monographs, information from professional websites, etc.
  • You may need to order articles via ILLiad (inter-library loan). Please do not wait to the last minute to order the articles. You can register for free at the ILLiad website:

Week 2 of Class: Advanced PubMed Training

  • All students will need to submit their paper topic and two article citations (one research article and one review article) by 5 pm on the day of the  PubMed refresher session (TBD, 2020). You will be given the form during class. Articles chosen must meet assignment requirements and answer your clinical question. Articles must be properly cited. Please provide a url address on the form. You can receive 2 points towards your literature review assignment for completing this form. You will receive an e-mail from the course director if there is a problem with your paper topic or the articles that you selected. You will be asked to choose another article if one of your articles do not meet the paper requirements.

Paper Format

  • The paper should be 4-5 pages in length, double-spaced, and single-sided.  There is a 5 page maximum length for the assignment.  An 11 or 12 point, standard font should be used with 1-inch margins. Submissions should include a title (title page is optional), an introduction, the body of the literature review, a discussion, and a literature cited section. The optional title page and literature cited section can be on additional pages and will not count towards the five page maximum length.

The Use of Quotations

  • Although you can use quotations in your paper, they should be used sparingly.
  • You should use quotation marks when quoting.
  • Overuse of quotations can lead to students to be asked to rewrite their paper and to resubmit.

Citing Your Resources

  • Your resources need to be cited within the text of your paper. You may use the superscript number method or the number within citation-name system. See the citation guidelines tab of this guide for more details.
  • You must use the National Library of Medicine style for your citations in the literature cited section of this paper. See the Citing Resources guide for examples of citations in the NLM style.
  • See the following website for examples of how to use the superscript number method to cite resources within in the text of the paper.

Turning in Your Assignment

  • Turn in your paper and two journal articles (research article and review article) via your AIMS HSC III drop box. You are not required to turn in additional resources cited within the paper.
  • Your last name and first initial must be used in your paper's file name.
  • Although the paper is due at 5 pm on date, you may turn in your assignment early.
  • Mac Users: You will need to convert your Pages documents to Word so the course director can open them.  From Pages' File menu, select Export > Word. Open the Word file in Pages to make sure the document's format wasn’t changed. You may also turn in your assignments as a pdf file.
  • You will receive an e-mail with your graded rubric. The deadline for faculty to submit their graded rubrics is December 1st. A graded copy of the actual paper will be placed in your AIMS drop box if a faculty member has provided additional notes in the paper.

Late Submissions

  • Ten points will be deducted for a late submission.

Resubmission Information

  • Students who receive less than 80% on the assignment will be need resubmit their paper after making corrections for a passing grade. Students will receive the second grade on their paper. There is additional information about the resubmission process on the resubmission page of this guide. Resubmissions are due on TBD.