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Mini Literature Review Rubric
Trevecca Nazarene University – BUS 8010

DEFICIENT
(0-2 points)

MARGINAL
(3 points)

PROFICIENT
(4 points)

OUTSTANDING
(5 points)

Points
Earned

Understanding The literature
review provides no
evidence of
understanding of
the relevant
concepts

The literature
review provides
some evidence of
understanding of
the relevant
concepts

The literature
review provides
significant evidence
of understanding
the relevant
concepts

The literature
review provides
substantive
evidence of a deep
understanding of
the relevant
concepts

Introduction &
Purpose

The purpose of the
literature review is
difficult to pinpoint
or impossible to
discern

The purpose of the
literature review is
stated but
unworkable (e.g.,
too broad)

The purpose of the
literature review is
stated, but needs
more clarity

The purpose of the
literature review is
clearly stated,
appropriate, and
understandable

Development Literature review is
poorly organized
and demonstrates a
lack of organization
and coherence

The organization of
the literature
review lacks clarity
and/or relevance

Organization of
literature review
needs to be sharper
and clearer

Literature review is
well organized and
developed

Analysis &
Interpretation

The literature
review provides no
evidence of analysis
or interpretation of
the literature

The literature
review provides
evidence of
superficial analysis,
with minor gaps or
mistakes

The literature
review provides
evidence of
coherent analysis

The significance of
findings in
relationship to the
literature is
thoroughly and
appropriately
analyzed

Evaluation of
the literature

Sources are
accepted at face
value with no
critical evaluation

Limited critical
evaluation of the
literature

Some contributions,
strengths, or
limitations of the
sources are
accurately
presented

Contributions,
strengths, and
limitations of each
source are
insightfully
presented

Conclusion Conclusion is
missing, inadequate,
or unrealistic

Conclusion is
shallow or
unconvincing

Conclusion is
satisfactory but
needs to be more
compelling

Conclusion is
coherent,
perceptive, and
brings strong
closure to literature
review

Sources The content of the
literature review is
not backed by
sources of
acceptable quality
or quantity

The content of the
literature review is
backed by less than
four sources or by
sources of
unacceptable
quality

The content of the
literature review is
backed by at least
four references of
suitable quality

The content of the
literature review is
backed by at least
four references of
outstanding quality

Documentation
of Sources

Literature review
does not list any
citations or sources

Either in-text
citations or
references are
missing, incomplete,
or not in correct
APA format

In-text citations and
references are
provided but use
incomplete or
incorrect APA
format

All sources are cited
with in-text
citations and
references. All
citations and
references are in
correct APA format

Writing
Mechanics

The writing is
unclear and is
flawed by several
grammatical or
spelling errors

The writing is
somewhat clear and
somewhat flawed

The writing is clear
and contains few
flaws

The writing is clear
and flawless

Format The style and
format of the
literature review
departs significantly
from APA

The literature
review generally
follows APA style
and format, with
several exceptions

The literature
review generally
follows APA style
and format, with a
few exceptions

The literature
review accurately
follows APA style
and format, with no
exceptions

TOTAL
(Max = 50)

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