By far, the type of writing that we encounter, both in secular and academic settings, fall in the category of being “informational/Observatory”. The intent of research writing is different – research writing is usually centered around advancing understanding of a topical problem/issue, and for a “community”. Research writings, therefore, leverage the work of prior research or it opens a discussion around a current topic. In either case, such writings follow a streamlined format that is familiar to researchers. This format, typically, contain components such as Title, Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Future Works, etc. The purpose of your assignment this week is for you to examine components of a research article and to identify guidelines for conducting critical analyses of published works. The knowledge gain here should be applied when completing your Week 14 research writing assignment. As you complete any writing assignment it is a good idea to proof read your work or use the University Writing Center to help with APA formatting; both will assist in minimizing grammatical errors and improve conducting research.
Find a research article – Mobile technology preferred; but any technology topic is acceptable. A research effort is usually placed in the context of a “business problem” that can be understood in terms of carefully designed research questions; this allows for maximum research, understanding, and participation around resolving the problem.
Write a four – six (4-6) page paper that evaluates the research article that you found – your paper should be: typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. See hand-outs provided on graduate and APA style research papers.
Evaluation criteria – notice what specific research components (Title, Abstract, Method, etc.) are found in the article