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In this new edition of The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual, students learn the skills necessary to become good writers. Topics covered in the book include:
  • Writing competently
  • Formatting Citations
  • Conducting research
  • Position papers
  • Article critiques
  • Book reviews
  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Case studies
  • Policy analysis papers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131245068
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents



1. Writing as Communication.

Writing to Learn. The Writing Process.
2. Writing Competently.

Guidelines for the Competent Writer. Punctuation, Grammar, and Spelling.
3. Page Formats.

Preliminary Considerations. Margins. Pagination. Title Page. Abstract. Executive Summary. Outline Summary. Table of Contents. List of Tables and Figures. Text. Headings and Subheadings. Tables. Illustrations and Figures. Reference Listing. Appendices. References.
4. Citing Sources.

Preliminary Decisions. Citing Sources in ASA Format. Citing Sources in APA Format (revised).


5. Organizing the Research Process.

Gaining Control. Effective Research Methods. Ethical Use of Source Material.
6. Information Sources and Distance Learning.

Library Research. Criminal Justice on the World Wide Web (revised). A Guide to Distance Learning.


7. Brief Writing Assignments.

Reaction Papers. Article Critiques. Book Reviews (new sample book reviews). AnnotatedBibliographies (new section with examples).
8. 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. Elements of the Case Study Paper. A Sample Case Study (new).
9. Criminal Justice Policy Analysis Papers.

What Is Policy Analysis? Policy Analysis Research Proposals. Criminal Justice Policy Analysis Papers. A Sample Policy Analysis Paper (new).



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The more complex criminal justice systems become, the greater its need for clear, direct communication. The sad reality is that many people have difficulty writing a simple declarative sentence. In all areas of criminal justice, no skill is recognized as more important than that of getting messages on paper clearly in order to get business done. If you learn to write well, you will be more valuable in whatever line of work you pursue.

Administrators in criminal justice agencies are looking for people who can condense a mass of data to one sheet of clear comment. They are looking for men and women who can report the day-to-day activities of a complex system concisely and accurately. Administrators want more than undigested, descriptive data; they want to know what the experts in each area believe the data mean.

This book is designed to help you improve your writing. You will find principles and guidelines to help you write complex reports as well as summarize information into condensed presentations. Good writers know and use the terminology of their discipline. In writing reports and professional communication, criminal justice professionals often need to draw from the lexicon of several disciplines, e.g. law enforcement, forensics, psychology, sociology, law, and management. We have included a broad and extensive glossary to aid you in writing the assignment in this manual. As you continue to use this manual throughout your college and professional career, we hope your writing skills evolve and aid you in attaining your professional goals and objectives.

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