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The SAGE Guide to Writing in Criminal Justice Research Methods

The SAGE Guide to Writing in Criminal Justice Research Methods

February 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.  

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
Key features
  • Effective writing strategies for research methods guide students through the process and best practices for writing literature reviews, abstracts, research and grant proposals, and academic papers. 
  • Writing assignments and exercises provide students with opportunities to apply course material.
  • A discussion on plagiarism clearly defines the concept to students as well as offers advice on how plagiarism can be avoided. 
  • An entire chapter devoted to information literacy explains to students how to better identify, obtain, and evaluate information. 
  • Two chapters on formatting and writing an academic paper guide students through the writing process and help them develop a well-researched academic paper.   

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1. The Basics of Writing

Chapter 2. What is Information Literacy?

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