Integration Course

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Journal article Review Grading Rubric 


Points Earned






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Summary  (40 Points)


Summary is 1 page of text and includes:


--Concisely worded (but sufficient length in order to adequately provide a complete review of the article.

  Excellent Very Good

 Adequate Needs additional work


--All or most major topics of the article are discussed:

Excellent Very Good Adequate Needs additional work


--If a research article: discusses research study, briefly describes hypotheses, methods, results, discussion, and implications.

  N.A.  Excellent Very Good

 Adequate Needs additional work


--Provides the foundation for the subsequent two sections of paper.

Excellent Very Good

Adequate Needs additional work


Article chosen from list provided.




  More Effort Needed


  Good Effort—I can see that you put a lot of effort into your Summary.  Please see Feedback.


  Well-written Summary—You did a good job of summarizing the article.  Quality was above average.


  Exceptionally Well-Written— you summarized the article in a concise and adequately complete fashion, incorporating most of the core concepts.


You have touched on some important core points.


However, some core concepts were missing or underdeveloped. Please see “Core Concepts” for this article given below. 


It was difficult at times to follow the points you were making because of errors in writing mechanics.


In the Summary section, you must carefully provide citations for each and every assertion or statement you make.



In the future, please utilize the Checklist for Journal Article Review

Please study the Summary section in:  Sample Journal Article Review

In the future, please utilize the Journal Article Review Template

Summary lacked clarity in places


Summary should flow from beginning to end with appropriate transitions between paragraphs. See: “Meet the Paragraph” and “Transitions


Errors in writing mechanics detract from your narrative.


Please review: “How to Write an Effective Summary or Critique.”


  Citations were inadequate or missing in places.  Please consult: How to Avoid Plagiarism.

  Basic Citations and References


Content Reflection  (15 Points)


Reflection is approximately 1 page of text and includes:


“Initial response to the article was given Missing/Partial

“Design/methodology” was discussed (if appropriate)



“Insights gained” were discussed. Missing/partial

“Reasons for interest in topic” were- discussed Missing/partial

“Future research interest based on topic” was discussed. 




Thoughtful and insightful


Good connection to core ideas in the article


Good insights


Your discussion was poignant and heartfelt.  Thank you for sharing.


Your “Reflection” did not[B2]  adequately relate to the content of the article.


This section was not sufficiently developed (1 page min.)


More effort needed to “connect” with the concepts in the article.








Content Application (30 Points)


Application is approximately 1 page of text and includes.

Student has applied the article’s core ideas to a specific human services counseling situation (describe the scenario and counseling issue).


Article’s ideas clearly integrated, applied, and cited. Needs more work  Core ideas not adequately integrated   Core ideas not adequately applied
Core ideas not adequately cited



Interesting counseling scenario


Good integration and application of core ideas to your human services counseling situation


Make sure you explain why you are integrating these techniques based on your assessment of the client.

In the future, please [B3] describe a specific human services counseling situation (case study, etc.).  See my Sample Journal Article Review


More work is needed to incorporate/integrate the core ideas of the article into your counseling scenario


In-text citations need to be used for the core ideas that you are incorporating into your clinical scenario.




Writing  (15 Points)


Writing Criteria


  • Each paragraph develops one main topic and contains at least 3 sentences.

Yes, in general   Partial
Needs more work in places


  • The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.

Yes, in general  No 
Needs more work


  • Sentences are well-constructed, complete, clear, and concise.
    Yes, in general   Partial
    Needs more work in places


  • Sentence transitions are used and draw ideas together.
    Yes, in general   Partial 
    Needs more work in places


  • Proper rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are exhibited.
    Yes   Partial 
    Needs more work in places

·         Spelling is correct.
Yes, in general No 
Needs more work in places








Your writing shows good promise


Overall, Very Good Writing Skills


Please work on the areas indicated in the text & right


Please contact the graduate Online Writing Center for help with writing.  Also, utilize ; this service (available to LU students) is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.





Please turn on Word’s Proofing Function 

Please study the following:
Meet the Paragraph
Paragraph Structure
Quotation Marks
  Run-on Sentences
 Sentence Fragments
  Spelling Errors
 Subject-verb agreement
Transitions Needed
Syntax Errors
Word Choice Errors




APA Format


APA Format

·  You are required to use the paper template which is provided, and personalized to your paper


·  All pages are double-spaced.


·  Concepts drawn from the article

Yes, in general   Partial 
Needs more work

·  Concepts  are appropriately cited, in-text.


Yes, in general   Partial 
Needs more work

·  Quotations are used strategically.

Yes, in general   Too many quotes


·  Since the template is provided, the rubric does not specifically assign points for APA; however, failing to utilize the template as described in this section, could result in loss of points




  APA formatting  errors on title page


In the future, please use the template provided.


Please note in-text citation corrections


Significant citation errors or missing citations


Error in the formatting of your reference




For “Running head,” “Title Page,” or “Heading” errors, in the future, please utilize the Journal Article Review Template

For citation errors, please study my Sample Journal Article Review

  In-Text Citations: The Basics  Also: Basic Citations

Please study how to use Citations within a Paragraph

  Please review: How to Avoid Plagiarism

How to Paraphrase to Avoid Plagiarism


For reference errors, please consult the course Bibliography


















 [B1]When grading this section, I am looking for a tightly worded, concise, and clear summary of the main concepts from the journal article.  Please do not duplicate the author’s abstract. 


If the article describes a research study, include brief statements about hypotheses, methods, results, discussion, and implications.  If any test measures or statistical methods used are given in the article, do not provide detailed descriptions of these.


A limited number of short direct quotations from the article are acceptable, but avoid long quotations in a paper this size.


This section is the foundation of your Journal Article Review (at least a third of your paper). Make sure that you include the core points from the article, even if it means a longer section. Do not reference any additional articles in your summary.


The paragraphs in this section should flow from one to another with appropriate transitions from one paragraph to another.  Each paragraph should contain only one main idea.



In your own words, interact with the article.


Talk about how you initially responded to the article. If appropriate, comment about the design or methodology used in the research. 


What insights have you gained from reading the article?  Why were you interested in this article?  Do you plan to read more articles or do more research on the topic covered in the article?


You can use the first person pronoun “I” in this section. 


Your subjective comments in this section must be clearly tied to main points from the article, not peripheral ideas. Again, do not reference any other article.


In your final section, write how you would apply the information you have learned from this article to a specific counseling situation.


This could be in a church or clinical session. Develop this section as if you are a pastor or clinician and your parishioner or client has come to you with a problem—grief, depression, substance abuse, infidelity, etc.—and is needing your help.


Adequately describe the counseling scenario, including the presenting problem.  Draw out concepts from the article and apply the concepts to the scenario as if you were guided only by the content of the article.


Show me how you are expressly drawing from the journal article in this application section; be sure to cite correctly in current APA format.