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Overview

The more complex criminal justice systems become, the greater the need for clear, direct communication. The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual, Fourth Edition is designed to help improve one’s writing and is specific to the criminal justice field. It includes coverage of the writing process and the mechanics of writing, shows how to conduct research and cite sources, and presents guidelines for writing different types of common criminal justice papers. Now expanded to five parts, this edition includes a new chapter on writing a police report, separate chapters on APA and ASA style, and a separate section for writing assignments.

It includes coverage of the writing process and the mechanics of writing, how to conduct research and cite sources, and guidelines for writing several different types of common criminal justice papers. Up-to-date information on criminal justice research on the World Wide Web offers readers current strategies and resources for Internet research.

For anyone conducting research and/or producing writing in the criminal justice field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132318761
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/7/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. William A. Johnson, Jr.

Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D from Oklahoma State University. He has authored two definitive works on writing in the discipline, The Sociology Student Writer's Manual and The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual. Dr. Johnson's area of interests are statistics, social psychology, social stratification, majority-minority relations, and sports and leisure. He is currently teaching Sociological Statistics and Social stratification at the Univ. of Central Oklahoma.

Dr. Stephen M. Garrison

Dr.Stephen M. Garrison graduated from the University of South Carolina Ph.D. in 1982, and from Baylor University, M. A. 1977. He has taught at the University of Central Oklahoma since the fall of 1981 and was the chair of the English department for eight years and is a full professor.

He was director of the Basic Writing Program at UCO, supervisor of Master's Emphasis in Composition, and director of the Graduate Program in English.

Some of Dr. Garrison's academic honors include: Outstanding Young Man of America (1982), Fulbright Senior Lectureship at Jageillonian, Krakow, Poland (1989-1990) and A.A.U.P. Distinguished Scholar of the Year 1990-1991.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: A Handbook of Style for Criminal Justice

Chapter 1: Writing as Communication

Writing to Learn

The Irony of Writing

Challenge Yourself

Maintain Self-Confidence

The Writing Process

The Nature of the Process

Finding a Thesis

Defining Your Audience

Invention Strategies

Organizing Your Writing

Drafting

Revising

Editing

Proofreading

Chapter 2: Writing Competently

Guidelines for the Competent Writer

Consider Your Audience

Aim for Consistency

Have Confidence in What You Already Know about Writing

Eliminate Chronic Errors

Punctuation, Grammar, and Spelling

Apostrophes

Capitalization

Colons

Commas

Dangling Modifiers

Parallelism

Fused (Run-on) Sentences

Pronoun Errors

Quotation Marks

Semicolons

Sentence Fragments

Spelling

Part Two: Paper Formats and Citations

Chapter 3: Student Paper Formats

Preliminary Considerations

Margins

Pagination

Title Page

Abstract

Executive Summary

Outline Summary

Table of Contents

Lists of Tables and Figures

Text

Headings and Subheadings

Tables

Illustrations and Figures

Reference Listing

Appendixes

Chapter 4: Citing Sources in ASA Style

What to Document

Text Citations in ASA Style

References in ASA Style

Chapter 5: Citing Sources in APA Style

What to Document

Text Citations in APA Style

References in APA Style

Part Three: How to Conduct Research in Criminal Justice

Chapter 6: Organizing the Research Process

Gaining Control

Who Is in Control of Your Paper?

Understand Your Assignment

What Is Your Topic?

What Is Your Purpose?

Who Is Your Audience?

What Kind of Research Are You Doing?

Keep Your Perspective

Effective Research Methods

Establish an Effective Procedure

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Do Background Reading

Narrow Your Topic and Establish a Working Thesis

Develop a Working Bibliography

Write for Needed Information

Evaluate Written Sources

Use Photocopies and Download Articles

Determine Whether to Conduct Interviews or Surveys

Draft a Thesis and Outline

Write a First Draft

Obtain Feedback

Ethical Use of Source Material

When to Quote

Paraphrasing

Avoiding Plagiarism

Chapter 7: Information Sources and Distance Learning

Library Research

Criminal Justice on the World Wide Web

Part Four: Brief and Applied Writing Assignments in Criminal Justice

Chapter 8: Reaction Papers

Select a Suitable Reaction Statement

Explain Your Selection

Clearly Define the Issue Addressed in the Statement

Clearly State Your Position on the Issue

Defend Your Position

Conclude Concisely

A Sample Reaction Paper

Chapter 9: Article Critiques and Book Reviews

Article Critiques

Choosing an Article

Writing the Critique

A Sample Article Critique

Book Reviews

Objectives of a Book Review

Sample Book Reviews

Elements of a Book Review

Types of Book Reviews: Reflective and Analytical

Format and Length of a Book Review

Chapter 10: Annotated Bibliographies

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

Why Write an Annotated Bibliography?

Who Uses Annotated Bibliographies?

What Is the Content of an Annotated Bibliography?

A Sample Annotated Bibliography

Chapter 11: Writing a Police Report

What Is a Police Report?

Why Write Police Reports?

Who Uses Police Reports?

Writing Good Police Reports

Writing the Narrative

Part Five: Case Studies and Policy Analyses

Chapter 12: Criminal Justice Agency Case Studies

What Is a Case Study?

Using Case Studies in Research

Limitations of the Case Study Method

Types of Case Studies Written in Criminal Justice

How to Conduct a Criminal Justice Agency Case Study

Selecting a Topic

The Importance of Interviews

Elements of the Case Study Paper

Overview of Contents

Text

A Sample Case Study

Summary

Chapter 13: Criminal Justice Policy Analysis Papers

What Is Policy Analysis?

Policy Analysis Research Proposals

Introduction to Policy Analysis Research Proposals

The Purpose of Research Proposals

The Content of Research Proposals

Criminal Justice Policy Analysis Papers

Definition of a Policy Analysis Paper

Purpose of Policy Analysis Papers

Contents of a Criminal Justice Policy Analysis Paper

Format of a Policy Analysis Paper

Presentation of Policy Analysis Papers

A Sample Policy Analysis Paper

Glossary

References

Index

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Introduction

THE DISCIPLINE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

I. A HANDBOOK OF STYLE FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE.

1. Writing as Communication.
2. Writing Competently.
3. Formats.
4. Citing Sources.

II. HOW TO CONDUCT RESEARCH IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE.

5. Organizing the Research Process.
6. The Library and Other Sources of Information.
7. Criminal Justice on the World Wide Web.
8. Conducting Quantitative Research.

III. HOW TO WRITE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE PAPERS.

9. Two Brief Writing Assignments for Introductory Students.
10. Book Reviews.
11. Criminal Justice Agency Case Studies.
12. Policy Analysis Papers.
13. Legal Case Briefs.
Glossary.
References.
Index.
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