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The SAGE Guide to Writing in Criminal Justice Research Methods
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The SAGE Guide to Writing in Criminal Justice Research Methods



January 2020 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The SAGE Guide to Writing in Criminal Justice Research Methods equips students with transferable writing skills that can be applied across the field of criminal justice—both academically and professionally. Authors Jennifer M. Allen and Steven Hougland
interweave professional and applied writing, academic writing, and information literacy, with the result being a stronger, more confident writer, researcher, and student in criminal justice. Focused on teaching students how to write in the academic setting while introducing them to a number of other writing tools specific to research methods, such as writing literature reviews, abstracts, proposals, and more. The perfect companion for any criminal justice research methods course, this brief text focuses on key topics that will benefit students in their classes and in the field.  


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1: The Basics of Writing
Basic Grammar Rules

 
Critical Thinking Skills, Academic Writing, and Professional Writing

 
Writing for the Criminal Justice Professions

 
Policing Reports

 
Corrections Reports

 
Probation/Parole Reports

 
Court Reports

 
Chapter Summary

 
Additional Reading

 
Questions for Consideration

 
Exercise Answers

 
 
Chapter 2: What Is Information Literacy?
Information Literacy

 
Digital Literacy, Computer Literacy, and Technology Literacy Skills

 
Chapter Summary

 
Questions for Consideration

 
Chapter 3: Writing Literature Reviews and Abstracts

 
Identifying and Narrowing a Research Topic

 
Locating Sources

 
Organizing the Review

 
Writing the Review

 
What Is a Literature Review?

 
Writing an Abstract

 
Chapter Summary

 
Questions for Consideration

 
 
Chapter 4: Research Designs, Data Collection Methods, and Data Analysis
How to Begin

 
Developing a Research Question

 
Developing a Hypothesis

 
Types of Research Designs

 
Data Collection Methods/Measurement Instruments

 
Data Analysis

 
Other Information Included in the Methods Section

 
Chapter Summary

 
Questions for Consideration

 
 
Chapter 5: Writing Research and Grant Proposals
Writing a Research Proposal

 
Writing a Conference Proposal

 
Writing a Grant Proposal

 
Additional Grant-Writing Suggestions

 
Chapter Summary

 
Questions for Consideration

 
 
Chapter 6: Academic Paper Formats: What Is APA Formatting?
Research, Publication, and the APA Style Rules

 
Types of Publications

 
APA Formatting and Ethical and Legal Standards

 
Modern Language Association and the Chicago Manual of Style

 
Chapter Summary

 
Questions for Consideration

 
 
Chapter 7: The Academic Research Paper
The Research Writing Process

 
Conducting Research

 
Locating Sources

 
Google Scholar

 
Use Country Codes

 
Use Databases

 
Evaluating Sources

 
How to Read a Scholarly Article

 
Writing a Literature Review

 
Writing the Essay

 
Working and Annotated Bibliographies

 
Chapter Summary

 
Additional Reading

 
Questions for Consideration

 
Exercise Answers

 
 
Appendix A: EBSCOhost Law and Political Science Database Search Results
 
Appendix B: Sample Student Essay
 
References