If you're working on your term paper for Professor Mitrione's PSCJ 111 class, you've come to the right place. This guide will help you with your research and citations.
First, carefully read and reread your assignment from Prof. Mitrione.
Next, follow the steps in this guide in order to
create your thesis statement and develop your search strategies.
Research Paper Instructions (25% of final grade)
I. RESEARCH -- Your research must contain at least five APPROPRIATE sources of reference that are not introductory sources. Educational and government websites are acceptable sources, but the focus of your research should be on scholarly journal articles which can be found through the library's research page.
Again, please consult with the instructor if in doubt about your sources.
II. CITATION -- You must cite all of the sources that you use when writing the paper. Be sure to cite your sources in the body of the paper and list them in a bibliography. Students may use either the APA, MLA formats for citations and bibliographies and Documentation Style; guidelines for both formats can be found on the WCC Library page. If you are unsure or require assistance with source citation, please consult with the instructor or a librarian.
III. TOPICS -- The purpose of the research paper is to fully describe and analyze a particular topic, case study, or aspect of advanced deviant/criminal behavior within the field of Criminal Justice.
IV. THEORIES – Fully describe how your theory works to explain crime. Who are the
major theorists involved? How do their explanations of crime differ?
What are the basic principles of your family of theory? How are
they different from other families of theory? How long has your
family of theory been around? Do you think it works well to explain
crime? What are its weak and strong points? etc….. What are some
examples of specific theories within your family of theory? etc….
Selected Theories applied in Criminal Justice Scholarship
Strain (Robert Merton)
Choice / '"Rational Choice"
Types/Aspects of Crime
Crime Types: violent, property, enterprise, public-order