Developing the proficiency to locate, read, and critically analyze research literature for bias, opinion, quality of evidence, and appropriateness to its target audience is essential to your success in this master’s program and as a nurse engaged in advanced practice.

Developing the proficiency to locate, read, and critically analyze research literature for bias, opinion, quality of evidence, and appropriateness to its target audience is essential to your success in this master’s program and as a nurse engaged in advanced practice.

Throughout your degree program, you will use evidence as you develop research papers and program interventions, and evaluate health care problems. When searching for evidence or exploring the research literature, it is important to look for current articles—articles that have been written within the past five years. That is not to imply that seminal work should not be considered as well. When using research literature that is older than five years, it should feature ground-breaking evidence that justifies its inclusion.

With this Assignment, you become familiar with the Walden Library by searching the databases, reviewing resources, and downloading a full-text article.

To prepare:

•Review the following in the Learning Resources:
?Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Purpose, Audience, and Evidence
?Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Finding a Scholarly Voice
?School of Nursing Sample Paper
•Media program: “Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Purpose, Audience, and Evidence”
•Participate in or review an archived version of the following Walden Library Webinars:
?Introduction to the Walden Library
?Evaluating Online Resources
?An Introduction to Evidence-Based Searching
•Then, search the Walden Library databases, and locate a peer-reviewed research article that pertains to:
?Online Learning as it relates to one of the following: Student success, students’ experiences, students’ perceptions, and/or faculty perceptions.
•Read the article evaluating its strengths and weaknesses in terms of scholarly writing, bias, opinion, quality of evidence, and appropriateness to its target audience.
•Then, write the body of your paper (2- to 3-pages) that includes the following:
?Introduction

A 1-paragraph introduction to your paper
?Article Summary

A 1-paragraph summary of the article you have selected
?Analysis

An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the article, including an assessment of the writing in terms of bias, opinion, quality of evidence, and appropriateness to its target audience (Be sure your analysis is written in a scholarly manner and appropriate voice.)
?Utilize at least 3 resources (i.e. course media, course textbook, course learning resources, credible websites) to support your analysis
?Summary

A 1-paragraph summary of your paper
•In addition, create the following to be included with your paper:
?Title page
?References

Include your references using correct APA formatting
To complete:

Review the APA Basics Checklist: Citations, Reference List, and Style in Week 2 Learning Resources to check your APA citations. Review also the School of Nursing sample paper to ensure the overall format of your paper is properly aligned with APA format.
Submit your paper (title page, 2–3 pages of content, reference page) as described above.

Readings
•Cornell University Library. (2010). Distinguishing scholarly journals from other periodicals. Retrieved from http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/skill20.html

This online article from the Cornell University Library distinguishes scholarly journals from other periodic literature and provides the general criteria that define an academic journal.
•Eaton, S. E. (2010). Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing. Retrieved from http://drsaraheaton.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/reading-strategies-differneces-between-summarizing-and-synthesizing/

The author proposes that critical reading must include using critical thinking to create “new” information and insights from this information.
•Walden University. (2012b). Walden University: Academic integrity & Turnitin. Retrieved from http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/809.htm

Review the resources presented at this website, including the Walden Turnitin and Academic Integrity Online Tutorial and the information provided in the “How to Read a Turnitin Originality Report” section of this website.
•Walden University. (2012h). Walden University: Scholarly writing. Retrieved from http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/312.htm

Another excellent resource provided by the Walden Writing Center, this website defines scholarly writing and explains the characteristics of scholarly writing.
•Walden University. (2012i). Walden University webinar archives. Retrieved from http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/26.htm


 

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