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Example Peer Review of a Research Paper

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  COURSE PREFIX & NUMBER: Title of Assignment
Peer Read Around

To the Author: Please assist your readers in giving you the kind of feedback you need at this stage in your writing process. What, specifically, do you want feedback on? Please write three questions below which you’d like your readers to answer after reading your initial draft.

1.

2.

3.

 

READER #1:

Paper Requirements

Does the paper meet requirements?
____Sources (List #)        ____Cited correctly       ____Pg. length (List #)

 

Introduction

Does the paper open smoothly (e.g. with a series of rhetorical questions, compelling short story, shocking statistic) and in a way that makes you want to read more? If yes, what do you find especially effective? If not, suggest a way this author could start the paper.

 

What is the thesis of the paper? Do you find this claim to be clear? Interesting? Innovative? What do you especially find compelling about the thesis? What needs work?

 

Does the introduction preview the main points of the paper? (YES      NO)

 

Body

Is the paper well organized? Can you follow it easily? Does the organization make sense in light of the overall argument and preview stated in the introduction? What changes would you suggest?

 

Is the argument situated/analyzed within socioeconomic, political, cultural and historical contexts? What do you need to know more about in order to appreciate the paper’s thesis?

 

Are sources appropriately integrated and cited?

 

Suggest at least two specific ways this person could improve the paper.

 

In the space below, please respond to the author’s questions 1, 2, & 3 listed above.

 

NOTE: If you want more than one peer reader, simply copy and paste these questions again.