The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual

The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual

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For courses in writing for criminal justice or any course in criminal justice that requires students to write a research paper

Would your students benefit from a writing manual tied specifically to Criminal Justice? The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual 3e is designed to teach students how to conduct criminal justice research and write papers in the discipline. The book 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. It is a valuable tool for all criminal justice courses that ask students to write from introductory classes through advanced undergraduate classes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.1 x 15.2mm | 408.24g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • Student edition
  • 3rd edition
  • 0131245066
  • 9780131245068

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). Annotated Bibliographies (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 organization of this book is excellent . . . It is well written and free of superfluous material . . . The practical aspects . . . are what make it an essential reference for my undergraduate and graduate criminal justice students . . . I would recommend it) for use in police academies and police management in-service training." - Mark McCoy, University of Central Oklahoma

"The writing activities included in the book guide the students through the various forms of writing that are expected in the university-critiques of articles, book reviews, formal position papers, etc.-while they provide opportunities and incentives for students to get out and meet with professionals in the field. It creates the perfect environment for ...students to enhance and fine-tune their writing skills as they learn more about their future careers." - Janet Hageman, San Jose State University
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