Identification of an interesting problem

This week please take the time and read Chapters one and chapters two in Tappen (2015). Once the readings are completed and you gain an understanding, please answer the discussion post (make sure you understand the grading rubric for the discussion post – refer to your course syllabus) that is due on January 18, 2020. Remember initial posts are 250 words and at least two responses of 150 words each are required with references to support your statements.

So, let us begin with a focus on stages of assembling a research study. According to Tappen (2015), the following components were identified:

  • Identification of an interesting problem
  • Problem exploration or interest area to find out what is known
  • Definition of the research topic
  • Generation of question or hypothesis
  • Conducting the study
  • Analyze the results
  • Reporting the findings

Please take a moment to review this overview video of conducting research:

How To Choose A Research Topic For A Dissertation Or Thesis (7 Step Method Examples)

Regarding the literature review, I always like to ensure that I am utilizing superior levels of evidence to support my intended research. For example. I am developing a thesis about what type of evidence do I wish to include to establish my credibility as a researcher? Would you support an article from Wikipedia as opposed to a scholarly publication from Yale University? You want to select a scholarly publication from a higher level of evidence in comparison to a weak publication.

While yes there will be a significant amount of reading. You want to gather as much data as possible to review and eliminate the weaker sources that you found. Keep searching until you have exhausted your options. Source credibility is most important to ensure that the best level of evidence is available. We want to ensure that sources such as CINAHL, PubMed/MEDLINE, and ProQuest just to name a few (Tappen, 2015).

Please take a moment to view this video gain an additional understanding of literature review.

To How To Write A Literature Review In 3 Steps (FULL Tutorial)

I am looking forward to some very robust discussion questions and sharing of information. Let have a wonderful week ahead.


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Tappen, R.M. (2015). Nursing Research. Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice. (2nd ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.

This discussion forum is based on your readings from Chapters one and two from your course text.

What type of research topic would be of interest to you? Elaborate on the factors that motivated you and what do you seek to accomplish. What is the basis for your literature?

I am looking forward to some awesome discussion posts.Please remember the rules regarding our discussion forum.

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