Introduction to the Literature Review – Empirical Research The purpose of this assignment is to conduct empirical research relevant to the DPI Project. Empirical research is the foundation of scholarly research and scholarly writing. An empirical article is one that reports the actual results of a research study, and it should include a description of the study, an introduction, a research question, an explanation of the study’s methodology, a presentation of the results of the study, and a conclusion that discusses the results and suggests topics for further study. When conducting research and seeking out scholarly resources, limit your search to empirical articles. Upon finding a relevant empirical study, assess the validity of the conclusion by determining if it answers the proposed research question and if the methodology is appropriate. As you move forward in your doctoral journey, you will read research papers that will require you to assess the validity of the studies in question. To accomplish this, qualitative assessments about the research must be made by comparing, contrasting, and synthesizing what the research says. In this assignment, you will review 30 research articles associated with your approved topic and summarize the purpose, methods, and results of each study, which will later help you identify three to five major themes and three to five subthemes. General Requirements: Use the following information to ensure successful completion of this assignment: Refer to the “Empirical Research Checklist” to assist in determining which articles are empirical. Use the “Research Article Chart” spreadsheet to provide a summary review of each component of your assignment. Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are not required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Directions: Select 30 empirical articles published within the last 5 years that relate to your approved PICOT question. Use the “Empirical Research Checklist” resource to ensure that each article meets all of the established criteria. The majority of the chosen articles must demonstrate a quantitative methodology, though you may include one meta-analysis article and one systematic review. These articles will be used to write your 20-25 page Literature Review in Topic 6. Read the assignment instructions now to begin familiarizing yourself with the expectations for that assignment. Provide a summary review of each component using the “Research Article Chart” workbook. You will have one entry for each of your 30 selected articles. The workbook is designed so that the content expected in each row appears when the cursor hovers over the individual Criteria and Defining Characteristics cells. Use the guidelines for each criteria as an outline of what material should be included for every research article documented in the chart. Portfolio Practice Immersion Hours: Practice immersion assignments are based on your current course objectives and are intended to be application-based learning using your real-world practice setting. These assignments earn practice immersion hours and are indicated in the assignment by a Portfolio Practice Immersion Hours statement which reminds you, the learner, to enter in a corresponding case log in Typhon. Actual clock hours are entered, but the average hours associated with each practice immersion assignment is 10. You are required to complete your assignment using real-world application. Real-world application requires the use of evidence-based data, contemporary theories, and concepts presented in the course. The culmination of your assignment must present a viable application in a current practice setting. For more information on parameters for practice immersion hours, please refer to DNP resources in the DC Network. To earn portfolio practice immersion hours, enter the following after the references section of your paper: Practice Immersion Hours Completion Statement DNP-820 I, (INSERT NAME), verify that I have completed (NUMBER OF) clock hours in association with the goals and objectives for this assignment. I have also tracked said practice immersion hours in the Typhon Student Tracking System for verification purposes and will be sure that all approvals are in place from my faculty and preceptor/mentor.