choose a topic in criminal justice/criminology that interests you
For the final paper, please choose a topic in /criminology that interests you. Please ensure the topic you choose is related to crime, the criminal justice system, or the impact on society. Please follow a standard research paper format with an introduction, a thesis statement, an explanation of your topic and its importance, a conclusion and works cited (reference) page.
Papers should be 5-6 pages in 12 pt. Times New Roman font and double spaced. You must use APA format for citing your paper and your reference page. You do not need to include an abstract.
In addition to your text books, please try to use at least 3 additional scholarly sources either in the form of textbooks or peer reviewed scholarly journal articles. This means you should have at least four academic sources. If you would like to discuss this paper at any time please e-mail me, come to my office hours, or make an appointment with me.
If you would like a draft revised prior to submitting your final paper, please send me it at least TWO weeks prior to the final due date of the paper. I am happy to look at any of your work prior to the due date.
Grading Rubric for Final Paper
Correct style: Times New Roman font, 12 font, one inch margins, double-spaced, no spaces between paragraphs, and APA formatting for headings, subheadings, and in-text citations
Title page:Page minimum
Basic grammar and spelling used
2) Introduction/Topic Identified
Title centered with Introduction heading
Introduced the topic: a summary of what you are going to discuss in the paper
Discussed why this topic is important
Arguments were supported with references
Included a thesis sentence at the end of intro
3) Explanation of Topic
Explained and defined major topic
4) Why this topic is relevant or important
Clearly identified why this topic is important or how it is relevant to CRJS
Identified Supporting research/ Identified examples
Conclusion is at least one full paragraph with multiple sentences
Discussed important components of the argument
Provided a concluding sentence that concisely summarized the argument
8) References in APA format (5 points per bullet)
EVERY in-text citation is included
Every referenced article is in paper
Included only reliable sources
Included at least 3 scholastic sources
Followed a proper stylesheet (APA)
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