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NURS 361 Critical End Stage Renal Disease Research Article.


NURS 361 Critical End Stage Renal Disease Research Article.

NURS 361 Critical End Stage Renal Disease Research Article.


NURS 361

Formal Paper: Critical Appraisal of a Research Article

Guideline for Formatting

Please see the sample paper under Resources in Bb to assist with constructing your paper

Areas to include in the appraisal are listed below (use APA to properly format your headings/subheadings and be sure to include the reference for the article you are appraising)

  • Introduction (see grading rubric)
  • Content Areas (only include the areas below that are relevant to your article; use at least 4)
  • Conclusion (see grading rubric)
  • Grammar and Mechanics (see grading rubric)
  • APA Format and Style (see grading rubric)
  • Research Problem
  • Purpose of Study
  • Research Design
  • Research Question or Hypotheses
  • Theoretical or Conceptual Framework
  • Concept(s) and Levels of Measurement
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Sample Information
  • Sample Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
  • Instrument(s)
  • Intervention(s)
  • Data collection method(s)
  • Data analysis
  • Results
  • Implications for Nursing Practice
  • Limitations

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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