The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual

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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...

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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: 9780135312780
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 11/10/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.99 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.69 (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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