Rubric for 1st Peer-reviewed article summary!
Name, lab section, title of article, date of article
Section 1. (5 points) Summary (synopsis) paragraph, not copy of abstract.
a. What did the researchers study?
b. Main questions? What were they looking for?
c. Quick summary of main results.
Section 2. (5 points) Natural history, background info on organism. You can use other sources to
add to this part.
Section 3. (5 points) How did they study their question?
What did they measure? How did they measure it?
Section 4. (5 points) What results did they find? You may copy appropriate key graph or figure
or table from the paper here, cite it, and explain what it means; (one is good.)
Section 5. (6 points) Discussion: Significance of research, why is it important (or not)? Elaborate
on this section describing the importance of the results that were found.
Would you fund this?
Validity of the methods? Did they set this up well enough to answer the questions they were
What else would you have done, would you change anything to make it better?
Were there any parts of the study that you didn’t understand or thought were unnecessary
Section 6. (3 points) Future direction. What else should they look at next based on results.
Present some of your ideas with support from their findings.
Submit on Turn it in, and don’t copy anything directly from the paper. Everything is in your own
words. A Turn it in score above 15% is unacceptable.
Citation (or Reference) at the end. (1 point) Author(s) Last name, First name or initial if multiple
authors, in the order they appear in the original paper, year of publication, title of article,
Journal name, volume, pages.
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