Ealth Informatics and Emerging Technologies

The Research Paper, eightto ten-pages (exclusive of title and references pages), should demonstrate understanding of the reading assignments, class discussions, your own research and the application of new knowledge. A minimum of six to eight scholarly sources (excluding the course text) are required.Research Requirements
Academic research and papers must meet certain standards of quality recognized by the academic community. What constitutes quality academic research?

Primary (original) sources written by experts in the field of study.
Secondary sources supported by research in primary sources.
Credible sources (experts in the area of study).
Relevant research (materials pertinent to the area of study).
In graduate work, the use of peer-reviewed journal articles (journal articles reviewed by recognized experts in the relevant field of study) is required.
Educational websites may be appropriate, in some cases, but should be evaluated carefully.
What sources are not acceptable for academic research and referencing?

Encyclopedias
Dictionaries
Wikipedia, other wikis, or blogs
Websites and other sources that do not provide quality researched materials (do not use credible sources to support the information in the document).
All research must reflect professional academic protocol and must be documented according to APA standards.
Research Paper Guide and Grade Scale

The Research Paper Guide is a guide for writing the paper in the format of scientific research.
An issue/topic will be selected by the learner that is consistent with the Course Learning Outcomes.
A review of current scholarly literature regarding the issue is conducted.
The research paper is developed using the Issue Paper Performance Guide found below.
The research paper represents 30% of the student grade, 30 points.
Research Paper Format
Introduction
Describe the issue, why it was selected, the perspective of approach, and the scope of the paper. In essence, describe in this area what is being covered in the paper. Be specific and to the point. This is an important part of a paper; it engages the reader and sets the scope of the paper.

Statement of the Issue to be Investigated
Describe why the issue/topic is relevant, a problem/issue. It is important to provide literature sources in support of the importance of the need/issue/topic. Overall, what makes this topic/issue so important that you are spending time/energy researching it? What is the impact of the problem if nothing is done to correct the situation?

Research Sources
This section documents the relevant research reflecting the topic of the research paper. In this section, paraphrased narratives of the actual research studies are reported and should represent the current research related to the topic area. In general, your research should:
Identify your chosen topic and what has happened in the specific research of the topic (describe the study, sample, findings, important points from the discussion in the research article, and any variables that may influence the findings of the research).
Discuss any key elements of the topic that may be instructional, legal, ethical, social, etc. (what is projected if nothing is done? what has been tried?). Support this section with relevant resource citations.

An analysis of a research article:
What was done?
Target population.
Who did it? (the author)
What was found? (results or conclusion)
Implications of the findings to topic/issue.

Conclusion
In this section, provide a general, but thorough summary reviewing: why the topic was selected; the problem/issue briefly stated; the approach that was used; findings; and solutions. In this section, a reader should be able to understand the conclusion/summary and have a good idea what the researcher did and what was found.

References
Starting a new page and headed by References. Includes all references cited and used in the development of this paper