Research Paper: This is a graduate course and students will be expected to research and write papers summarizing in their own words what
they have found on current topics from the weekly readings. Research is
a theoretical review of relevant literature and application of findings
in the literature to a topic related to a specific industry, field, or
The research must be conducted using peer-reviewed trade or academic journals.
While Blogs, Wikipedia, encyclopedias, course textbooks, popular
magazines, newspaper articles, online websites, etc. are helpful for
providing background information, these resources are NOT suitable resources for this research assignment.
Please Note: The
UC Library staff are very helpful with assisting students in using the
UC Online Library journal database. Please contact them if you have
issues. In addition, the instructor has provided additional resources,
including a research tutorial, in the “Course Resources” folder in the
“Content” area of the course.
- Choose a research topic from the chapter readings or from the list provided by your professor.
a minimum at least ten (10), preferably fifteen (15) or more, different
peer-reviewed articles on your topic from the University of the
Cumberlands Library online business database. The article(s) must be
relevant and from a peer-reviewed source. While you may use relevant
articles from any time frame, current/published within the last five (5)
years are preferred. Using literature that is irrelevant or unrelated
to the chosen topic will result in a point reduction.
a ten (10) to fifteen (15) page double spaced paper in APA format
discussing the findings on your specific topic in your own words. Note – paper length does not include cover page, abstract, or references page(s).
- Structure your paper as follows:
- Cover page
- Overview describing the importance of the research topic to current business and professional practice in your own words.
- Purpose of Research should
reflect the potential benefit of the topic to the current business and
professional practice and the larger body of research.
- Review of the Literature summarized
in your own words. Note that this should not be a “copy and paste” of
literature content, nor should this section be substantially filled with
direct quotes from the article. A literature review is a summary of the
major points and findings of each of the selected articles (with
appropriate citations). Direct quotations should be used sparingly.
Normally, this will be the largest section of your paper (this is not a
requirement; just a general observation).
- Practical Application of
the literature. Describe how your findings from the relevant research
literature can shape, inform, and improve current business and
professional practice related to your chosen topic.
- Conclusion in your own words
- References formatted according to APA style requirements