Overview of the issue
a. Is the issue stated clearly and succinctly at the beginning of
b. Does the remainder of the paper address the stated issue?
c. Is the issue topical or relevant?
d. Is the purpose of the study clear? Is it relevant
to the issue?
Varying approaches to the issue
a. What approaches are represented in the literature or in
b. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
a. Research citation should be both recent and relevant
b. Are dated seminal works appropriate?
c. Are empirical studies used to support arguments?
a. Are the approaches analyzed and critique?
a. Have you arrived at sound and logical conclusions
reflecting a summation of the varying approaches?
b. Are conclusions drawn that are not supported by the
a. Did you generate a set of carefully considered ideas
and recommendations based on your analysis of the
literature (i.e., implications for the future).
a. Is it a declarative statement (i.e., prediction)?
b. Does it relate to the issue (purpose)?
c. Is it complete?
d. Can it be measured?
a. Does the title of the paper accurately reflect the paper?
b. Is it succinct? Superfluous wording? Too detailed?
a. Does it have all of the components of a research
proposal (e.g., for this assignment it must include,
Introduction, statement of the problem, review of related
literature, hypothesis, and reference section)?
b. Does it have a cover sheet?
c. Is the title of the study on the first narrative page?
d. Are the pages numbered?
e. Is it stapled? Folderless?
a. Is the narrative limited to 5 pages?
b. Is the reference section on a separate page?
WRITING STYLE –
a. Jargon? Are acronyms or abbreviations
initially spelled out?
b. Did you paraphrase and cite appropriately?
c. Did you misuse or overuse quotes? Are they relevant to the
d. Is the writing fluid and clear?
e. Are thoughts succinct? Superfluous language? Wordy?
a. Is the proposal well-organized? Good flow of ideas?
b. Does the proposal show a synthesis of the literature?
a. Was a spelling checker used?
a. Tense matching, conjugations, punctuation, etc.
b. Appropriate use of words?
a. Does the paper follow APA style?
a. 12 pt. Times New Roman font?
b. 1” margins?
d. Proper APA quotation style?
e. Proper APA references in narrative?
f. Proper APA citations in Reference section?
Alphabetized? Do they match the narrative?
g. Numbers? %? (a) (b) (c)?
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