Research Methods

Assignments Instructions

Assignment I

Locate a peer-reviewed article that discusses research in an organization. Note that these are ideas; please expand within the parameters of research used within organizations. Respond to the following questions/topics:

  1. Summarize the article with an eye on the author’s main point.
  2. How does this article contribute to contemporary thinking about research?
  3. How does this article illustrate the importance of using research to make decisions within an organization?
  4. How can information in this article be applied to your field?
  5. What is your opinion on the topic of this article?

Your APA-formatted response must be three pages in length (not including the title page and the reference page). All sources used must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.


Grading Rubric


The article is clearly related to course topics. Has the potential to contribute significant analysis and substantial engagement with the course topics.

Identification of Premise and Supporting Points (Argument)

Includes accurate identification of article premise, significant points in support of the premise, and the significance of these to the course and/or field.


Presents an insightful and thorough analysis with strong arguments and evidence; interpretation is both reasonable and compelling. Course concepts and analytical tools are expertly applied.

Citations and References

The number of sources meets or exceeds any expressed assignment requirements. Every source used is peer-reviewed or academic in nature. All articles are relevant to the topic.

Writing Mechanics

Writing is clear and concise. Sentence structure and grammar are excellent. Correct use of punctuation. No spelling errors.


The organization results in clarity and presents logically arranged points to support the proposed solution. Related ideas are well grouped, and transitions between ideas flow smoothly.

Style and Formatting

APA guidelines are correctly followed. Reference entries and in-text citations follow APA formatting guidelines and are free of errors. All in-text citations are referenced and vice versa.


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