Project A: Research
Select an appropriate
criminal justice research topic. After selecting a topic, you will work on formulating
a statement of the problem. The purpose of Project “A” is to introduce your
topic, formulate a research question and hypotheses, and provide the
justification or motivation for the research proposal. It is essential that you
follow the instructions to establish the format upon which you will build your
Project “A” Instructions
The first page of
Project A should be a title page which includes the title of your research
proposal, your name, your instructor’s name, and the date. The introduction to
your research topic will begin on the second page of Project A. Project A will
explain what you are going to study and why this issue is important (statement
of the research problem). You will need to propose what you will do and how
your research will contribute to the literature in your area of study. After
introducing your topic and describing the importance of the topic, you will
formulate a research question related to your topic that you want to answer.
Next, formulate a hypothesis that provides an answer to your research question
(what you think you will find if you conducted a research study on your topic).
A well-written hypothesis is similar to the “thesis” of a paper: it provides a
statement that can be tested. Your hypotheses should be presented in just one
sentence (remember, it is an “idea” and not a “fact”). The final product for
Project A should be approximately three to four pages including the title page.
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.
Include a title page with the title, your name, instructor’s name,
The topic/research problem is introduced and the purpose is
The research question and the hypothesis are clearly articulated.
APA should be used for in-text citations and the reference page.
The paper 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.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/viewall.html
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics: http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/
National Institute of Justice: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/
Criminal Justice Mega Links: http://www.drtomoconnor.com/
Sample APA Literature Review: http://faculty.mwsu.edu/psychology/Laura.Spiller/Experimental/sample_apa_style_litreview.pdf
Writing the Literature Review: http://www.esc.edu/esconline/across_esc/library.nsf/3cc42a422514347a8525671d0049f395/46c31e3773d8747b852570ad00700699?OpenDocument
Criminal Justice Ethics: http://www.paulsjusticepage.com/cjethics.htm