Research Methods

Choose one article from the list below and read it.

Social and Criminal Justice

oElmalak, S. (2015, April). Babies behind bars: An evaluation of prison nurseries in American female prisons and their potential Constitutional challenges. Pace Law Review, 35(3), 1080.

oMcDowall, D., Loftin, C., & Pate, M. (2012). Seasonal cycles in crime, and their variability. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 28(3), 389-410. doi:10.1007/s10940-011-9145-7

oTrautner, M. (2011). Tort reform and access to justice: How legal environments shape lawyers’ case selection. Qualitative Sociology, 34(4), 523-538. doi:10.1007/s11133-011-9203-3

1.Read the resource below.

oLearning Commons. (2013). Using a scientific journal article to write a critical review (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. University of Guelph. Retrieved from http://www.lib.uoguelph.ca/get-assistance/writing/…

2.Employ the methods detailed in the Learning Commons resource to critique the article you selected in Step 1. At a minimum, the critique should include the following information:

oIntroduction (about two pages)
Summarize the article you chose, including discussions surrounding the purpose of the study, the methodology utilized, the results obtained, and the conclusions drawn by the author(s) utilizing questions posed in the reading. Utilize questions posed in the “Analyze the Text” section of the Learning Commons resource to develop this section. You must include the full APA citation for the article in your references page.

oBody (about five pages)
Determine both the strengths and weaknesses of each section of the paper (i.e., introduction, methods, results, discussion, overview). Use questions posed in the “Evaluate the Text” section of the Learning Commons resource to develop this section.

oConclusion (about three pages)
Discuss the significance of the research. Utilize questions posed in the “Establish the Significance of the Research” section of the Learning Commons resource to develop this section.

Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

1.Must be 8 to 10 double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style.

2.Must include a title page with the following:

oTitle of paper

oStudent’s name

oCourse name and number

oInstructor’s name

oDate submitted

3.Must use at least two scholarly resources.

4.Must document all sources in APA style.

5.Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style.

 
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