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Week 1 Assignment: Referencing Peer Reviewed Studies
Activity Description
Using the Northcentral University Suggested Coversheet (see University Documents on your Learner Portal), write a paper addressing the following sections:
A. Reviewing Northcentral University support materials. Knowing what is available enhances the potential for success.
Spend a few hours and critically analyze the following then write a 1-page reflection on your experience reviewing the following materials. Make certain that your paper is formatted according to APA.
•Read the syllabus and analyze the Northcentral University Grading Rubric. Identify how much of your coursework grade is impacted by proper APA formatting.
•Review the Northcentral University Writing Center and analyze the available student support services.
•Review the Northcentral University Academic Integrity Policy. Identify what the consequences may be for intentionally or unintentionally copying other peoples work or not correctly citing.
•Review the Northcentral University Academic Integrity Tutorial.
•Review and become familiar with the Dissertation Center.
•Review the Dissertation Handbook and read the differences between a DBA and PhD. Reading the Dissertation Handbook will help you better prepare for your future research as you work through your coursework.
B. Review the Northcentral University Library tutorials and spend some time navigating the Library Databases.
Searching for scholarly studies: As you should have noticed in section B, the databases have filtering fields as well as selection filters.
•As a doctoral student you should always begin a literature search with the following selection filters:
•Full Text
•Scholarly or Academic Journals
•Peer Reviewed Journals
•Date Selection: For the coursework and the dissertation you are required to use sources published within the past 5-years. Since it may be 2-years (or your study plan) before you are writing your dissertation, you may prefer to only look for sources published within the past 3-years. That way the sources that you find during your early coursework may be used later in your dissertation.
•In the fields enter key search words such as organizational leadership. Use the second and third fields to enter words to help narrow your search.
•Search Tip: Entering the word study in one of the search fields will help narrow the search and eliminate having to spend your time reading non-studies. This does not mean that a non-preferred summary paper may be picked up because it references the word study; however, a lot of journal articles that are less useful will be eliminated from your search saving you time.
Identifying Scholarly Sources: Most universities use the online databases for journal articles. Northcentral University subscribes to several of the leading databases to provide students with a broad range of scholarly publications. Although students select scholarly peer reviewed filters, often non peer reviewed articles such as professional association journals show up as peer reviewed. This is due to entry errors at the journal and database level and is removed from universities.
Therefore, determining what constitutes a scholarly article can be a frustrating challenge for doctoral students that are expected to use scholarly peer reviewed sources. The rationale for using scholarly sources is that scholarly articles go through a peer-review/referee and most often blind-review/referee process before being accepted for publication. Blind review/referee means that the writer’s name is removed and the reviewer’s review the article for quality without knowing the writer’s identity. Non scholarly articles are at times good but can also have an element of creative journalism (fiction) and the only way to ensure a standard is to have a few different experts (typically researchers with experience related to a specific field) review and approve the article for publication.
Although you set the filter parameters to search for only scholarly/academic/peer-reviewed articles, it is your responsibility to ensure that the article is actually peer-reviewed. The best way to verify that an article is peer reviewed/refereed is to go to the journal website. Some journals will identify that they are peer reviewed/refereed on the journal home page or in the journal. In most cases the best way to determine if the journal is peer reviewed/refereed is to look at the author submission guidelines link and/or review process link from the journal’s home page. If the journal editor determines what goes into the journal or if there is no mention of peer reviewed/refereed, then the source is not peer reviewed/refereed and, in most cases, should not be used.
At first looking up the journal home page seems long and tedious; however, by using your preferred search engine such as Google, etc. you can quickly identify the journal home page. Make sure that the journal is the correct journal—a lot of journals have similar names. Most journals have a search feature which allows students to conduct a search for the article or volume and issue number. The journal may ask for money to sell the article; however, you do not need to go that far—you have identified the journal is correct. A side benefit at this point is that the journal will often provide the doi number as required in your APA manual section 7.01.
When looking on the author submission page, it is a good strategy to use your web browser Find function and enter the word peer, review, blind, referee to speed up the peer review/referee determination process. Although this process seems cumbersome, students find that in a very short time they can find the journal website and verify if the journal is peer reviewed within about 1-minute.
C. Using the keywords words organizational leadership and study in the search field, find 7-scholarly peer reviewed studies published within the past 5-years using the following data bases. Be sure to verify that the articles are scholarly peer reviewed studies. You will be using these 7-scholarly peer reviewed studies in the course activities.
•ProQuest Database: Find 3- scholarly peer reviewed studies
•EBSCO Host: Find 3- scholarly peer reviewed studies
•A Northcentral University Library provided database other than the two above per your choosing: Find 1- scholarly peer reviewed study.
D. Adding to the paper you began in section A above, write a 1-page reflection on section C above. Follow APA formatting for in text citations (see APA sections 6.11 and 6.12) and identify which databases that you found each source.
E. Complete your paper with a reference list following APA section 7.01 and APA figure 2.3.
APA Warning: Frequently students want to rely on electronic programs rather than use the APA manual. Unfortunately, most electronic citation programs have limitations and errors. This follows the principle of garbage-in-garbage-out. If a student does not use the APA Manual, the student most likely will not recognize the errors in the citations. This is a serious issue that has been a challenge for some students – use your APA manual for all your coursework.
Support your paper with a minimum of 5 resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.
Length: 2 pages not including title and reference page
References: Minimum of 5 scholarly resources.
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your paper should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Review APA Form and Style.
Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy. View the Northcentral Academic Integrity Tutorial to refresh your knowledge of how to achieve academic integrity.

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