Read the following from The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice:
Appendix A: Questions to Ask About a Research Article
Appendix B: How to Read a Research Article
Using the Internet or journals, research topics concerning criminal justice and homeland security that are of interest to you.
Review the writing resources available by going to the IWU Resources link under the Course Dashboard.
Learn more about the process of writing an argument paper, including how to create a compelling thesis statement, by visiting Purdue University Online
Writing Lab (OWL).
Use search terms such as “thesis statement” and “argument papers” to locate the relevant information.
Another suggested resource is “Writing a Thesis Statement” provided by the Writing Tutorial Services of Indiana University, Bloomington.
Write an introduction to your thesis statement that provides the background and motivation for choosing your research topic. Your introduction should
effectively demonstrate the focus and purpose of your study within this research paper.
Create a thesis statement that meets this criteria:
Your thesis statement should be specific, where it states a problem, creates a hypothesis, and allows for this to be tested effectively in real time during your
You should be addressing an issue in criminal justice or homeland security that you feel needs to be addressed. Explain what your research results can do to
assist or validate this problem or conflict.
You can choose to research a qualitative case study previously conducted, with another human subject. You should create a design that addresses the same
issue yet, based on your methods, will create the same or better results for the problem addressed. Create research questions that derive from your thesis
statement in order to allow the reader to understand what you are attempting to accomplish.
Download the Research Paper Criteria.docx file. Use this document to review and evaluate your capstone research paper in progress against the required
criteria. Is your work on each section of the paper satisfactory, or does it need improvement?
Write a paragraph where you identify potential subjects of your case study:
Who will you contact? Identify two-three potential candidates should one person decline, or be unable to complete your questionnaire. Consider those you
know in the field. Put out an initial inquiry – is the subject willing to be interviewed?
APA in-text citations and references should be used for all references made in your writing.