Empirical or Researched Articles describe a study that was completed by the researchers. These articles usually contain specific sections that allow you to easily identify these articles and evalute them.
It is important to keep in mind that DMin Projects are so much more than simply an extended research paper or report. In a DMin Project, the author actually conducts a project or study of an issue that must include specific sections. As such, the reader must look for and evaluate aspects of the project prior to referencing it in their own research.
1. Does the project have an introduction or initial description of the problem or issue being researched, the method being used, and the results of the project?
2. What is the problem or issue being researched?
3. Describe the method used in the project including who are the participants, what instrument(s) are being used, and other variables unique to this project. In short, describe the method to someone who has not read this project.
4. Summarize the results or findings of the project related to the instruments used in the method.
5. Summarize the conclusion or implications of the study. Are the implications transferable to other settings?
6. How does this project concur or differ from other resources or DMin projects you have read? Do the resources susbstantiate each other or cancel each other out?
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