Research Paper Peer Review Worksheet

Research Paper Peer Review Worksheet

Please remember that simple YES or NO answers are not acceptable in a peer review; try your best to help your classmate by giving honest, constructive criticism. You can say what they did well, but you should also point out areas that you found confusing or boring or that need significant work.

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  • Read your partner’s research paper all the way through once. Mark any parts that are confusing or that you don’t understand. Make notes for you classmate explain why you find these parts confusing. Do not begin answering any questions until you complete this step.
  • In all of your answers to these questions, consider the writer’s purpose, audience, usage of rhetorical appeals, and context.

Introduction & Thesis
1. How effective is the introduction? Did it grab your attention? Did it make you want to read more? Why or why not? Explain. How could the introduction be improved? Give the writer a suggestion.

  1. What is the thesis of the paper? Is it clear? Placed well? Mark this on their draft.
  2. Is there a smooth transition to the thesis? In other words, do the sentences transition well to the thesis statement, or does the thesis statement seem just “pasted in”?

1. Are the paragraphs arranged logically? Could they be arranged differently to make more sense? If yes, how?

  1. Does each paragraph have a clear topic sentence? Do the topic sentences repeat some of the same language from the thesis (to help keep the reader focused)? Could they vary the way their topic sentences are worded? Make a suggestion or two.
  2. Has the writer “unfolded” (fully explained) each idea in enough detail to make it both clear and interesting? Is every point developed fully enough to be clear and convincing? Would readers appreciate more detailed explanation or evidence anywhere in the paper? Where? Why?
  3. How well does the paper stay on topic? Are all the ideas directly relevant to the main point of the essay? Does the writer go off topic anywhere? In other words, is there any irrelevant information? If yes, where?

Integration of Evidence from Sources
1. Reread the body of the paper.

1a. Is there too much evidence from sources? Not enough evidence from sources? Too much/ too little personal stuff, examples, illustrations?

1b. Do the sources take over the paper, or is the majority of the writing done by the student? Does the writer provide enough connecting sentences in the paper that explain, interpret, and/or analyze evidence from sources and connect it clearly to the topic? Evaluate the balance of evidence in the body of the paper and point out any problem areas.

  1. How well does the writer integrate quotes, paraphrase, and summary into his/her writing?

2a. Are there too many/not enough quotes? Too much/not enough paraphrasing? No paraphrases at all? Evaluate the balance the writer achieves (or does not achieve) between quotes and paraphrases.

  1. Select the best phrases, paragraphs, and/or ideas in the paper by highlighting/underlining. Can they be exploited more thoroughly? How?
  2. Are there paragraphs that seem less coherent or less convincing than others? If so, choose one and explain how it might be clarified and/or better supported. If not, explain why the paragraphs are convincing to you, as the reader.

1. How well does the writer conclude his/her paper? Does he/she provide a final analysis/interpretation of the main points without simply repeating exact wording from earlier in the paper? Is the reader left with a final comment or thought?

You, as a reader, should be left with something that will make you keep thinking about the topic. Explain if you think the conclusion is thoughtful or not, and if necessary, give a suggestion for improvement.

General/Overall Considerations
1. Does the paper feel “jumpy” or “choppy”? Would transitions help to make the connections clearer? Where does the writer need to work on improving his/her transitions (between sentences and/or paragraphs)?

  1. Is the paper written in third person, formal language? Are there any places where the writer uses “I” or “we,” or “you” inappropriately? (It is appropriate to use the first person only when describing personal experience as evidence.)
  2. After reading this paper, would you say that you have learned something worth knowing? Did the writer inspire interest in the topic? Contribute something new to this overall conversation? Explain your answer.


MLA Formatting:: Citations and Works Cited

As you read the draft, consider the following questions regarding in‐text citations and bibliography page.
Mark your comments, questions, and suggestions directly on his/her draft.

  1. Does the writer provide in‐text citations consistently in the draft? Y N
    2. Do any seem to be missing?                                                               Y          N         (Mark these on draft)
    3. Do any seem incorrect?                                                                      Y          N         (Mark these on draft)
    4. Does every sentence that has a direct quote in it have an
    in‐text citation at the end?                                                                      Y          N         (Mark these on draft)
    4. Do they all appear at the ends of sentences? (In‐text citations should be            Y          N         (Mark these on draft)
    placed at the ends of sentences.)
  2. Do the in‐text citations clearly connect to the entries on Y N
    works cited page?
    6. Does the writer provide a works cited page?                                        Y          N
    7. Does it begin a new page?                                                                  Y          N
    8. Is there an entry for each source?                                                        Y          N
    9. Are the entries arranged in alphabetical order?                                      Y          N
    10. Does the writer follow the “hanging indent” format?                                     Y          N
    (each line beyond the first is indented 1 tab)

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