Posted: August 3rd, 2022

Emotional Intelligence

Write a 10-12 page research based paper on the topic Emotional Intelligence.

RGS 6035: Research Methods

Topic of the Research project : Emotional Intelligence

This assignment will be a research based written project (approximately 10-12 pages total to
include a title page, abstract, and reference section) that will focus on an a topic relevant
to your degree major and include proper selection, summarization, and synthesis of
scholarly sources. The project will require a thorough review of the best literature available
on EBSCO. The Literature Review can be a historical look at the topic, a detailed
examination of an emerging aspect of the topic, or a combination of history and
developments in the topic.

The following Rubric will be used to grade the assignment:



Earned Instructor’s Comments

Structure and Length:

• Introduction, body,

• At least 8 pages of

• Utilizes at least 12
scholarly references



• Topic selected is
relevant to course

• Clearly discusses
subject area with well
organized patterns

• Combines both
summary and synthesis

• Graduate level writing


APA Congruent including:

• Title page and

• Citations


• References page

• Use of 3 current APA

Total 100

Literature Review Best Practices

Things to consider as you finalize your Literature Review:

• First, and most importantly – the literature review should be a great
experience for you and teach you to seek out and find quality literature
on a topic of importance. Learning to do this well can help you succeed
as a graduate student and as a professional in your field for decades to
come – so approach it with confidence and seriousness!! Have fun!!!

• The review is an ‘excavation’ of the literature so do not write in first-person
and think of the project as a ‘display’ of the literature you have uncovered in
mainly journal articles on your topic. You will allow the sources you found to
play a key part of organizing your sections of the review.

• When organizing the project most students use one of two main approaches:
historical and niche topic focus. For a historical review – you will
demonstrate the development of the topic in the literature over a period of
time (think of the rings on a tree trunk – you will emphasize a phase of
development in the topic). For a niche topic focus review – you will narrow
your emphasis on an aspect of the topic application or execution (example:
halo effect in primary education; ethical treatment of participants in
pharmaceutical trials, etc.).

• The scholarly sources MUST come from largely journal articles that are full-
length and peer-reviewed (example: Harvard Business Review, Journal of
Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, etc.). You can use a
book or website as a source, but these usually will not count toward to the 12
sources – so really take time to examine mainly journals.

• Best practices on finding sources and organizing your Literature Review:
there are at least two great approaches here, 1) find a ‘key center’ source and
work through its citations; 2) use careful key word searches and author
and/or journal searches. Let me explain these:

1. A key source approach would happen when you find the journal article that
precisely addresses your topic as you have been exploring to find
(hypothetical example: topic, Halo effect in adolescents – and Smith & Jones
2019 have written a great article; then, you begin to search each of the
sources/articles that they cite in their reference section of the article as you
desire to develop a broader understanding of the literature. From Smith and
Jones you found 18 additional articles of interest (we will call this the first
strata of articles); from these findings four articles stand out and you want to
include them in your review. Now, just as the process used with Smith &
Jones – you begin to explore the citations of the four articles chosen; this
yields 37 more articles of interest (strata two); you select 15 for your paper
and now have begun to collect the ‘puzzle pieces’ for the review. Now,
organize the sources so the literature review reveals summary and synthesis
of sources around the topic (either historically/developmentally; or, as a
niche focus).

2. A key term, or author, or journal approach is similar to the key source
approach but you are working from specific ‘searches’ in a database (like
EBSCO). From above example, if Smith and Jones are key authors in your
topic area – see if they have written any other articles. You find that they
have each written 8 articles – after reading these a total of 4 fit your review;
now you realize that they both cite another author ‘Williams’ multiple times;
after finding Williams articles (and a few books) you have your next piece of
the ‘puzzle’. A key word or journal search is similar. You must use a Boolean
search approach where key words are in “quotes” and if searching a Journal
name use JN (example: JN “Harvard Business Review”). Once in a particular
journal you can scan the table of contents of editions or search for key words
within the journal itself. Either of these approaches can be helpful.

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