Data Triangulation: How the Triangulation of Data Strengthens Your Research Worksheet

Research Writing: Research Process

Practice with this Data Triangulation/Triangulation of Data Worksheet to learn more about how this process strengthens your research writing by seeing examples and providing some of your own. Through completing ten exercises, you should gain a better understanding of how data sets and information are used for stronger research and writing.

Data Triangulation: How the Triangulation of Data Strengthens Your Research

Instructions

For the first exercise below, locate a scholarly journal article, and record the information about the title, author and place you obtained the article. Use the article to answer the questions in exercises 2-5. For the last five exercises, a topic is provided, and you must answer by explaining how and what type of data triangulation could be applied, including examples of the type of data you suggest using.

  • Article title:

  • Author of article:
    Where you obtained the article:

  • Is data triangulation used in this article? Yes or no.

  • If you answered yes to exercise #2, what type of data triangulation is used? Provide a brief summary of at least one example use. If you answered no, how could data triangulation have been applied? Include one example of how the data could be triangulated in your answer.

  • Can you pinpoint the insights drawn from the data triangulation? If there is no data triangulation in the article, how could the example you provided in exercise #2 provide insights?

  • What would you do if data triangulation showed you that the validity of a certain data set is not very strong or contains inconsistencies? Explain your answer.

  • Topic: Should English be made the official language of the United States?

  • Question: What type of data triangulation could you use with this topic? Give examples that apply to the type you choose as your answer.

    Your answer:

  • Topic: Does being right- or left-handed affect longevity?

  • Question: What type of data triangulation could you use with this topic? Give examples that apply to the type you choose as your answer.

    Your answer:

  • Topic: Does the fuel efficiency of trucks and SUVs need to be increased?

  • Question: What type of data triangulation could you use with this topic? Give examples that apply to the type you choose as your answer.

    Your answer:

  • Topic: Are high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets unhealthy?

  • Question: What type of data triangulation could you use with this topic? Give examples that apply to the type you choose as your answer.

    Your answer:

  • Topic: Is the “3 strikes” policy for criminals unfair?

  • Question: What type of data triangulation could you use with this topic? Give examples that apply to the type you choose as your answer.

    Your answer: