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Analyze Research

Activity Description

Product Quick Look:
Develop a chart that analyzes a search for three peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, and one other scholarly resource.

One page written reaction paper regarding the process of finding each
of the three items required (journal articles, book chapter, and other
scholarly resource).

Skills Builder 1:  Understanding Information Literacy
Review the Northcentral Information Literacy Tutorial (link found in
the Weeks resources) to become familiar with information literacy, and
to test your information literacy skills. Keep notes on the important
points you discover there; these will be useful both in preparing
assignments in this course, and in your other coursework at

Skills Builder 2:  Effective Searching

In this week’s activity, you will begin to develop your online
library search skills which will enable you to tap into the rich
resources in the Northcentral Library. The Library’s collection includes
extensive holdings in scholarly articles and book chapters–all the
information you’ll need to do your coursework and research. While it may
take some practice to get used to doing online library searches, you’ll
find that the results you get far surpass anything you could get from
just searching the Internet. Library resources tend to be more
authoritative, current, reliable, and accurate than resources gleaned
from an Internet search. With Library searches, you can set your search
options to find full text articles (not just abstracts or summaries),
limit your search to a certain time frame, and with some databases you
have the option of setting up a personal account where you may
permanently save resources and searches for future sessions You can also
create an online database using RefWorks to store your research
materials. For more information on RefWorks, see the Student Orientation
page in the Library.

Therefore, carefully complete the tutorials, follow the directions for searching, and think positive thoughts! Start with the Northcentral Search like an Expert tutorial (link found in the Weeks resources) to find out how to get started with Library searching.

Skills Builder 3:  Selecting a Topic

It is time to determine the topic related to the profession of
Marriage and Family Therapy you may want to pursue for this assignment.
You can find some ideas for topics here:

MFT Clinical Updates

Additionally, you may want to view the library tutorials on Finding a Research Topic and Preparing to Search (link found in the Weeks resources).

NOTE:  You will use the sources here for the other
assignments; so please select a topic in which you are interested; or
one that was related to why you chose to pursue your degree; or one that
is related to your professional “passion.”

Remember that the professional identity of a Marriage and Family Therapist is based on the foundation of Systems theory. Thus,
while selecting a topic think of it in relational rather than
individual terms. For example, if you are interested in further
exploring bullying, think how this behavior can be understood from
multiple perspectives (the bully, the person who is being bullied, the
respective families, etc.) and how the behavior can be understood by
multiple parties involved (e.g., consider different experiences and how
they change while the person is at school, at home, interacts with their
own peers, or interacts with the figures of authority, such as parents
or teachers).

To complete this assignment, it might be helpful to review and search articles in the following Journals:

  • American Journal of Family Therapy
  • Families, Systems, and Health
  • International Journal of Narrative Therapy
  • Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
  • Journal of Family Psychotherapy
  • Journal of Family Therapy
  • Journal of Feminist Family Therapy
  • Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy
  • Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
  • Family Process
  • Journal of Systemic Therapies 

Additionally, choose a narrow topic as you will be using these
articles to write an essay in week 9. For example, if your topic is PTSD
in military, to narrow it, find articles related to one aspect of this
subject, such as play therapy for kids with a parent experiencing PTSD
from being in the military, how the PTSD affects the service members and
their families, or what kind of family-based interventions are
recommended as treatment options for the PTSD related to deployment.
More specifically, are you interested in a certain demographic – race,
age range, gender, type of service/branch? Are you curious about
specific interventions? Do you want qualitative results
(stories/experiences) or quantitative (statistics/numbers)? Research
helps you narrow and/or broaden your search based upon these types of

Mastering the art of an effective search takes practice and by doing
this assignment, you will be off to a good start. Don’t plan on learning
this all in one day, but take a few days to practice and you should
find yourself becoming increasingly comfortable with searching. If you
have any trouble, or need assistance, you can contact the Library by
using the Ask a Librarian page.

For this assignment, you will conduct a search for resources in your chosen topic area. Be sure to start at the Databases or Find an Article page in the Library for the scholarly articles and the Find a Book
page for a book. Locate three peer-reviewed journal articles, one book
chapter, and one scholarly resource (website or other resource). Begin
by creating a chart (a general example has been provided below) and list
the resources you find. You can use a Word table, and then include it
with the write-up described below so that you will submit one document
to complete this assignment.


Topic: Student Engagement

Article Citation/Book Chapter/Scholarly Resource (website)



Search Limiter

Issues Improvements in Database/Website Searching Skills

Clouder, L., Broughan, C., Jewell, S., & Steventon, G. (2012). Improving student engagement and development through assessment: Theory and practice in higher education. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

EBSCOhost – contains various source types, allows one to save searches in a folder, etc.

portfolio assessment; higher education

Scholarly/Peer Reviewed

Date range 2007-2013

Keywords were too broad and produced too many results. Need to work on refining keyword searching.

The columns of the chart are as follows:

  • Column 1 – an appropriate citation (APA form) for the resource (article, book, other) you discovered in the library
  • Column 2 – provide the name of the database you used AND briefly describe the subject content, resource types, etc.
  • Column 3 – list the keywords you used in your search
  • Column 4 – list any search limiters such as full text, date, peer-reviewed, etc. that you used
  • Column 5 – provide a note about issues that arose and how you can improve your searching skills

Then, conclude your assignment with some general responses to the following questions:

  • What is a database?
  • How useful was each database for you?
  • What about your experience was most confusing or frustrating?
  • What important journals, key scholars, or new ideas did you discover from your search?
  • What is your one take-away for conducting future searches?

Skills Builder 4:  Learning to Synthesize

One of the important skills that you will learn during your graduate
studies is the ability to synthesize the learned material. This skill
will allow you to create a foundation for your knowledge, to develop an
ability to convey your thoughts to your instructors and ultimately to
your clients, and to notice any gaps that you might want to cover later
through your work as MFTs. For example, if you are working with a couple
facing infidelity, you might be able to search for the current
literature, convey it to your clients, and see what important aspects
you will need to address during the session.

To start building this skill and in preparation to your 9th assignment for this course, please read about the importance of synthesis at

Then use the example of the table presented on the website to address
important aspects that your learned in each article. Please use one
table for all the articles, as it will help you to see the important
convergent and divergent points across the articles and ultimately
answer the following questionHow might all of the articles tie together
in forming a research question (e.g. – “I am curious about the
impact/influence of….on….”)?

Length: 3-4 pages (the chart on one page and a 1-2 page summary of your experience and the second chart of the 4th page)

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 response should
reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere
to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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