Nutrition research contributes to our knowledge and understanding of the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Nutrition research informs evidence-based practice guidelines and policies that aim to improve health outcomes. Nutrition professionals should be prepared to share their expertise and contribute to nutrition research throughout their careers.
Research Paper Instructions
o Describe the etiology (the cause) of the disease or disorder.
o Analyze a perspective or argue a point (position).
o Your goal is to present your own interpretation or evaluation or argument grounded on the evidence (research) available (or not available, depending on your perspective).
o Include references from the Cochrane Review, USDA Nutrition Evidence Library, AND Position Papers, AND Evidence Analysis Library, and the WHO Evidence Based Nutrition Interventions.
o Discuss the gaps in knowledge.
v Research paper on a disease or disorder that either analyzes a perspective or argues a point with the goal of presenting your own interpretation or evaluation or argument
v Double-spaced, 5-6 pages
v Spelling, syntax and grammar
v A minimum of five references from peer-reviewed journals (scholarly articles). Additional references may be used from books or approved websites (government, WHO, research institutions). In-text citations should be written using APA style; include a reference page. Please inquire with the instructor for any questions regarding references and sources.
o APA Format Research Paper Guide:
“What is a Research Paper?
“Research paper.” What image comes into mind as you hear those words: working with stacks of articles and books, hunting the “treasure” of others’ thoughts? Whatever image you create, it’s a sure bet that you’re envisioning sources of information–articles, books, people, artworks. Yet a research paper is more than the sum of your sources, more than a collection of different pieces of information about a topic, and more than a review of the literature in a field. A research paper analyzes a perspective or argues a point. Regardless of the type of research paper you are writing, your finished research paper should present your own thinking backed up by others’ ideas and information.
To draw a parallel, a lawyer researches and reads about many cases and uses them to support their own case. A scientist reads many case studies to support an idea about a scientific principle. In the same way, a history student writing about the Vietnam War might read newspaper articles and books and interview veterans to develop and/or confirm a viewpoint and support it with evidence.
A research paper is an expanded essay that presents your own interpretation or evaluation or argument. When you write an essay, you use everything that you personally know and have thought about a subject. When you write a research paper you build upon what you know about the subject and make a deliberate attempt to find out what experts know. A research paper involves surveying a field of knowledge in order to find the best possible information in that field. And that survey can be orderly and focused, if you know how to approach it. Don’t worry–you won’t get lost in a sea of sources.
In fact, this guide is designed to help you navigate the research voyage, through developing a research question and thesis, doing the research, writing the paper, and correctly documenting your sources.”
(https://www.esc.edu/online-writing-center/resources/research/research-paper/Accessed on Feb. 2, 2017)
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