Introduction to the Literature Review – Empirical Research

Introduction to the Literature Review – Empirical Research
The purpose of this assignment is to conduct empirical research relevant to the DPI Project.
Empirical research is the foundation of scholarly research and scholarly writing. An empirical article is one that
reports the actual results of a research study, and it should include a description of the study, an introduction, a
research question, an explanation of the study’s methodology, a presentation of the results of the study, and a
conclusion that discusses the results and suggests topics for further study.
When conducting research and seeking out scholarly resources, limit your search to empirical articles. Upon
finding a relevant empirical study, assess the validity of the conclusion by determining if it answers the proposed
research question and if the methodology is appropriate. As you move forward in your doctoral journey, you will
read research papers that will require you to assess the validity of the studies in question. To accomplish this,
qualitative assessments about the research must be made by comparing, contrasting, and synthesizing what the
research says.
In this assignment, you will review 30 research articles associated with your approved topic and summarize the
purpose, methods, and results of each study, which will later help you identify three to five major themes and
three to five subthemes.
General Requirements:
Use the following information to ensure successful completion of this assignment:
• Refer to the “Empirical Research Checklist” to assist in determining which articles are empirical.
• Use the “Research Article Chart” spreadsheet to provide a summary review of each component of your
• Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located
in the Student Success Center.
• This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar
with the expectations for successful completion.
• You are not required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite.
Select 30 empirical articles published within the last 5 years that relate to your approved PICOT question. Use
the “Empirical Research Checklist” resource to ensure that each article meets all of the established criteria. The
majority of the chosen articles must demonstrate a quantitative methodology, though you may include one metaanalysis article and one systematic review. These articles will be used to write your 20-25 page Literature
Review in Topic 6. Read the assignment instructions now to begin familiarizing yourself with the expectations
for that assignment.
Provide a summary review of each component using the “Research Article Chart” workbook. You will have one
entry for each of your 30 selected articles

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