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Discussion: Doctoral Learner/Researcher HCA 822

Discussion: Doctoral Learner/Researcher HCA 822

Discussion: Doctoral Learner/Researcher HCA 822

A doctoral dissertation requires a significant amount of independent reading on the research topic. This allows the doctoral learner/researcher to become acquainted with the scope of the topic and to identify gaps or tensions in the existing literature. These gaps and tensions serve as the foundation for the dissertation research. You will read and annotate potential sources for your dissertation topic in this assignment. Those that demonstrate the most merit, based on your current understanding of the topic, should be added to your RefWorks list for possible inclusion in the literature review section of your dissertation.

General Conditions:

To ensure successful completion of the assignment, use the following information:

It is recommended that you participate in this activity throughout the course.
Instructors will grade your submission based on the number of distinct sources identified in the submitted list.
Use the resource Literature Review Resources Tool to complete the assignment.
For their writing assignments, doctoral students must use APA style. The Student Success Center houses the APA Style Guide.

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Directions:

Read at least ten empirical articles on the topic of your dissertation.

Provide the following information for each source in the “Literature Review Resources” document:

Discussion Doctoral Learner Researcher HCA 822
Discussion Doctoral Learner Researcher HCA 822

Citation in APA format.
A brief annotation of the source’s key points.
An indication of whether the source has been added (Y) or removed (N) from your RefWorks list.

You should proofread your paper. However, do not rely solely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part, and your grade will suffer as a result. Papers with a high number of misspelled words and grammatical errors will be penalized. Before submitting your paper, go over it in silence and then aloud, and make any necessary changes. It is often beneficial to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Uncorrected mistakes are preferable to handwritten corrections.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point typeface (10 to 12 characters per inch). Smaller or compressed type, as well as papers with narrow margins or single spacing, are difficult to read. It is preferable to allow your essay to exceed the recommended number of pages rather than attempting to compress it into fewer pages.

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The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced, and have a one-inch margin on all four sides of each page. When submitting hard copies, use white paper and print with dark ink. It will be difficult to follow your argument if it is difficult to read your essay.