Project B: Review of
Project B addresses
the related research on your topic. One reason we conduct a review of the
literature is to make sure that our research proposal is original and not just
a replication of work already conducted. The literature review is a discussion
of studies, research reports, statistics, etc. that are related to your
research topic. You should include a review of the most pertinent and recent
research articles from professional journals. Begin your literature review as
soon as possible as this process is time consuming and make take you longer
than you originally planned.
Provide a review of at
least EIGHT research articles on the topic you have selected. You
will want to select articles that are scholarly and/or empirical. A good
literature review should tie previous research together in some logical way and
should acknowledge the importance of your intended research. The literature
review should provide a synthesis of the articles you select rather than a
series of article summaries. The final product for Project B should be
approximately five to seven pages.
Use Times New Roman script with a font size of 12 for the entire
The paper should be double-spaced.
Margins should be at least one inch all around.
EIGHT scholarly sources are utilized. Information is synthesized
throughout the paper.
The literature review has a strong introduction, main body, and
APA should be used for in-text citations and the reference page.
The literature review should be well written and error free. Use
spell check and proofread paper for grammatical errors.
The paper should be written in a professional tone. Familiar
language (slang) should be avoided.
Use direct quotations sparingly (paraphrasing is encouraged) and
make sure quotes are properly documented.
Be as concise and clear as possible throughout your paper.
Each sentence should logically flow into the next sentence and
each paragraph should transition smoothly to the next paragraph.
Additional files or information:
Hypotheses in Research: http://drtomoconnor.com/3760/3760lect02.htm
Conceptualization and Operationalization: http://academic.cengage.com/resource_uploads/downloads/0534507786_28792.ppt
Survey Research Design: http://www.drtomoconnor.com/3760/3760lect04.htm
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research Design: http://www.drtomoconnor.com/3760/3760lect04a.htm
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: http://www.jtpcrim.org/January_Articles/Qualitative_Vs_Quantitave_Richard_Tewksbury.pdf
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/ucr.html
Criminal Justice Statistics: http://www.census.gov/govs/cj/