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Writing in Criminal Justice
Why a literature review? You are trying to determine what evidence exists on your research idea.
A literature review is a component of the research process in which the author summarizes or synthesizes the ideas and arguments made by scholars. In the social sciences a literature review can be organized in a number of ways including by topic, chronological, or by methodology . The more focused your research topic the more straightforward the literature review will be.
Remember that the literature review (a.k.a. the lit. review) is, in essence, a paper in and of itself. It has an introduction; a body and a conclusion. It is NOT an annotated bibliography.
- The introduction informs the reader how you have organized your literature review.
- The body is the presentation of the resources you have reviewed.
- The conclusion is your statement about your review. What does the literature tell you? What perspective are you going to argue for?
Caution: Make sure that the choices you make in writing a literature review reflect the requirements of your assignment. Be sure to consult with your Professor.
The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual by The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual, Fifth Edition is designed to help students learn how to research and write in criminal justice and improve their writing skills. Taking a comprehensive approach, it discusses the writing process, the mechanics of writing, the importance of research and how to cite sources. Now expanded to six parts, this edition includes a new chapter on writing probation and parole reports. Combining both guidelines and samples, it prepares students to write a variety of criminal justice papers, from condensed presentations to complex reports. Some new features include: A new section on paragraph development Updated information on the American Sociological Association's Style Guide Updated information on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association- Expanded section on avoiding plagiarism Expanded section on Criminal Justice information on the World Wide Web New! PART V, REPORT WRITING IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE MARKET: Students or professionals needing a resource on writing reaction papers, article critiques, police reports, agency case studies, and policy analysis papers.
Call Number: Atlanta Library North 4: HV9950 .C74323 2011
Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals by The criminal justice process is dependent on accurate documentation. Criminal justice professionals can spend 50-75% of their time writing administrative and research reports. Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals, Fifth Editionprovides practical guidance--with specific writing samples and guidelines--for providing strong reports. Much of the legal process depends on careful documentation and the crucial information that lies within, but most law enforcement, security, corrections, and probation and parole officers have not had adequate training in how to provide well-written, accurate, brief, and complete reports.Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionalscovers everything officers need to learn--from basic English grammar to the difficult but often-ignored problem of creating documentation that will hold up in court. This new edition is updated to include timely information, including extensive coverage of digital reporting, updates on legal issues and privacy rights, and expanded coverage of forensics and scientific reporting.
Call Number: Atlanta Library North 4: HV7936.R53 C693 2015
The Scientific Method
The Scientific Method is not one single thing. It refers to the ideas, rules, techniques, and approaches that the scientific community uses.
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The quantiative method is about using numbers. In order to test a hypothesis the researcher will use data, with the goal of formulating laws that will apply the "whole" that is being researched - the "whole" could be a population, an event, etc.
Criminal Justice and Criminology Research Methods by
Call Number: Atlanta Library North 4 HV6024.5 .K73 2012
Filled with criminal justice and criminology examples, it demonstrates how research is relevant to the field and what tools are needed to actually conduct that research. Streamlined in this edition, it offers distinct coverage of qualitative research and quantitative research.
Introductory Criminal Justice Statistics and Data Analysis by
Call Number: Atlanta Library North 4 HV7419.5 .S63 2016
The authors present basic statistical principles and practices on which students build knowledge and data analysis skills. Both mathematical procedures and guidelines for using SPSS to manipulate information are included.