Criminology students are required to summarize 5 research articles (you may choose to summarize 5 ar

  

Criminology students are required to summarize 5 research articles (you may choose to
summarize 5 articles on 1 theory, or you can choose 5 different theories). Each article summary must be
a minimum of 450 words (2250 words for all 5 summaries). Your research project grade is based on 5
summaries, each a minimum of 450 words. For every summary that fails to meet the minimum
requirements, you will automatically lose 20% of the research project grade.
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CRIJ 3303 – Criminology: Ultimate Research Project Guide
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Go to UTRGV.edu and click on “Academics” link.
Click on “Library” link
Click on “Find” link
Click on “Databases A-Z” link
Click on “S.” Click on “Sage Online.”
Enter your University credentials (if requested).
In the search bar, type in a specific Criminology Theory (i.e., Social Control Theory, Rational
Choice, etc.), or be more general and type “Criminology Theory” and then Click on “Search.”
Search for articles of your choice (all 5 articles must be Criminological Theory related)
Download the PDF versions of those files onto your computer desktop
Instructions (grading criteria):
1. Summarize each article in 450 words or more —meaning, no less than 450 words per article
summary (summary titles & reference information is not included in the 450-word
requirement). You will NOT receive partial credit for partial work. Partial work is a failed
requirement. You get ZERO credit for failed requirements.
2. You research summaries are restricted to quantitative (non-qualitative) – Criminology peer
reviewed articles.
3. Each summary should include a discussion of the goal of the article (what the researchers were
trying to do find – what are the article hypotheses?), the literature review (past research), the
research methods (the steps taken to conduct the research study –data, population, sampling
type, statistical techniques – ANOVA, ANCOVA, Logistic regression, etc.), the results (what they
found), and the discussion/conclusions of the research article (were the findings consistent with
the hypotheses?, why what they found is important to the particular field of study, etc.). It is
tremendously important to discuss the policy implications/directions for future
research/limitations of each article. It is recommended that you outline each article with all of
the components you are responsible for providing.
4. All pertinent Journal, Article, & Author information (article title, author name(s), journal name,
date, journal volume #, issue #, page #s) must be provided in the REFERENCE page. EMAIL your
reference page to mario.davila@utrgv.edu. DO NOT include the reference page in your
SafeAssignment submission.
5. Each article summary should be well written and in NO way mirror the abstract. This WILL result
in severe penalties. In other words, paraphrase—read the article and summarize the
information using your own words, do not just copy and paste.
6. Do NOT use any quotes—you must paraphrase the information from each article (use your own
words). If you use quotes (even if they are properly cited) you will be severely penalized.
7. You will only need ONE cover page for the entire assignment, with your name, the class name,
and the date.
8. Each subsequent research article summary should be separated from the last by using the
“Insert” and “Page Break” feature provided by your word processor (“Insert” function using
Microsoft Word).
9. A “peer reviewed” journal article is not a magazine article. Do NOT get the two confused. A
general rule of thumb is that peer-reviewed academic journal articles are usually over 10 pages
in length, they do not have pictures/ads (aside from tables), and they all start with an “abstract.”
10. You need to provide a cover page and only use: (a) double-spacing, (b) Times New Roman font,
(c) 12 font size, and (d) 1” margins.
11. APA Format is required
12. I will NOT accept any paper that exceeds 20% replication. Be absolutely sure you are
paraphrasing.
13. I do NOT want to know your opinion on the research article summaries. This is a research
project, not an opinion piece. You will be penalized 25 points on every article that includes your
opinion.
14. You are required to submit your paper in WORD (or a word processor) format. Do NOT submit
your paper in PDF (or any other non-WORD) format. Failure to meet this requirement will result
in a 25-point penalty.
15. There will be a 25-point penalty if you submit the incorrect file. Make sure you are submitting
your final product.
16. If you need an extension on your research paper, you must request a research paper extension.
There is a 10-point daily penalty for late research papers (2 days maximum). Receiving a
research paper extension does NOT preclude a research paper from being penalized, it is simply
giving you permission to submit a late paper. If a student does NOT request and/or receive a
research paper extension, and they subsequently submit a late research paper, that research
paper will NOT be graded, and the student will earn a failing grade. A research paper extension
request must be in writing (email will suffice). Being granted a research paper extension request
must also be in writing.
Note:
CRIJ 3303 – Criminology students are required to summarize 5 research articles (you may choose to
summarize 5 articles on 1 theory, or you can choose 5 different theories). Each article summary must be
a minimum of 450 words (2250 words for all 5 summaries). Your research project grade is based on 5
summaries, each a minimum of 450 words. For every summary that fails to meet the minimum
requirements, you will automatically lose 20% of the research project grade.
Be sure to meet all the requirements. If you have questions, comments, and/or concerns please feel
free to contact me at your leisure.

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