In this assignment you will formulate a research problem/question, conduct a literature review, find research articles that help to explain and support your problem. This paper will be the beginnings of a research paper, but you will not carry out the research. You will basically be writing the introduction of a research paper.

1. This paper should be approximately four to five pages double spaced, excluding the title and reference page.

2. Limit your variables to two, one independent and one dependent variable.

3.Do not write an abstract.

4. Make sure you have a title. See text for writing a good title.

5. Use APA style.

6. Do not use any quotations in this paper. All your citations must be paraphrased not quoted. Points will be deducted for quoting.

Introduce your research problem and state the importance of doing the study.

In this section you introduce the reader to the problem, give data that supports the importance of exploring the problem and why this would be significant to nursing knowledge. This should be one to two paragraphs.

Make sure that you support all of this with citations from the literature.

10 points

Define the concepts or variables to be studied.

Give definitions of the variables that you are exploring. These should come from nursing literature, not Webster’s dictionary. Make sure you cite the literature that helps you to define the concepts

15 points

Write a review of the literature.

Review several research articles that are relevant to your problem. (At least 3 articles must be used). Make sure you cite properly.

20 points

Write a purpose statement for your research study

Must be well- developed stating your problem.

This should be in your own words and needs no citation.

20 Points

Write a research question and an hypothesis

In your own words, no citation.

5 points

Identify your research design

Include your research design and methods to be used. Provide sampling information for your study population

20 points

APA format

Paper must be of professional quality in terms of spelling, grammar, sentence structure

10 points

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