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Final Checklist for the Journal Article Review

by Dr. Brian Campbell, 2013


Instructions:  Before submitting your Journal Article Review to Blackboard, I recommend that you go through the checklist below.  This will help you avoid unnecessary errors and help you be successful on your journal article reviews.


   I have turned on Microsoft Word’s “Proofing.”  See: “Proofing.

I have checked my document for squiggly green or squiggly red lines under my text and made appropriate corrections for grammar, punctuation, or spelling.

  I utilized the “Journal Article Review Template” when constructing my review.

   I have read Dr. Campbell’sSample Journal Article Review.”

   My review is written in “Times New Roman,” 12-point font, and double-spaced.

   I have divided my review into three sections:  Summary, Reflections, and Applications.

   My review is approximately 3-5 pages long, not including the Title Page and References Page.

   If the article describes a research study, I have included brief statements about the hypotheses, methods, results, discussion, and implications.

   Any direct quotations are less than 1-2 sentences.

   Any direct quotations have been properly placed in quotation marks.

   Direct quotations have been properly cited, with author (s), year, and page number.

   Other than the article I am reviewing, I have not included any additional articles in my Summary, Reflections, or References.

  I have read the document: “Meet the Paragraph.”

   I have outlined my review (using “bullets”) before writing it.

  I have organized my points into a logical argument before writing it.

   I have organized my main points into paragraphs.

I have only one main topic in each paragraph.

   If I started a new topic, I started a new paragraph.

  I have transitioned from one paragraph to another. See:  Transitional Words and Phrases.

  Each sentence within my paragraphs follows logically from the previous sentence in the paragraph.

  Each paragraph in my review follows logically from the previous paragraph.

   I have made logical transitions from one paragraph to the next, until I reached the end of my review.

  My Summary section ends with a brief summary statement that “ties everything together.”

  My paragraphs are composed of no more than 4-5 sentences.

   I have checked and made sure all periods and commas are placed before the ending quotation marks:  (.”)  or, (,”).  The only exception is when parentheses occur at the end of a sentence, for example:  "the end" (p. 41).  See:  Quotation Marks and Punctuation.

  I have studied the rules on “Antecedent-Pronoun Agreement.”  I have reviewed Dr.  Campbell’s Tutorial on Antecedent-Pronoun Agreement. 

  I have reviewed the rules for using semicolons: Semicolons  Also:  Semicolons.  I understand  that a semicolon connects two independent clauses.

  I have checked to make sure that I have placed two spacesnot oneafter the ending punctuation marks in my sentences. 

  I have printed out and reviewed the following document on providing citations: “Basic Citations and References Examples.”

   I have printed out and read the following article on plagiarism: “How to Avoid Plagiarism. I   have also reviewed the tutorials on this topic.

  I have checked my in-text citations and made sure that they are accurate.

  I have checked my reference at the bottom of my review and made sure that it is accurate and properly formatted.

  My Reference section is on a separate page at the end of my review.

  I will submit my Journal Review to Blackboard before Sunday, 11:59 (ET), of the week/module when the review is due.


Note:  I strongly recommend that you complete the above form prior to submitting your Journal Article Review through Blackboard.