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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.
Part One: A Handbook of Style for Criminal Justice
Chapter 1: Writing as Communication
Writing to Learn
The Irony of Writing
The Writing Process
The Nature of the Process
Finding a Thesis
Defining Your Audience
Organizing Your Writing
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
Fused (Run-on) Sentences
Part Two: Paper Formats and Citations
Chapter 3: Student Paper Formats
Table of Contents
Lists of Tables and Figures
Headings and Subheadings
Illustrations and Figures
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
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
Ethical Use of Source Material
When to Quote
Chapter 7: Information Sources and Distance Learning
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
A Sample Reaction Paper
Chapter 9: Article Critiques and Book Reviews
Choosing an Article
Writing the Critique
A Sample Article Critique
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
A Sample Case Study
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
I. A HANDBOOK OF STYLE FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE.
II. HOW TO CONDUCT RESEARCH IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE.
III. HOW TO WRITE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE PAPERS.