This project gives you the opportunity to explore the current literature for the latest research findings and evidence-based strategies in the area of drugs and crime and the criminal justice system. You will select the specific topic within this area based on your own particular interest (your major, career goals, your own community issues, etc.). You will submit your topic idea in the Week 2 “Topic Approval” drop box for Instructor’s approval.
Conduct a search of scholarly journal articles relating to your chosen topic, and select three that interest you most to use for this project. Articles must be recent-published within the last 10 years.
For each article, you will write a 450-600 words (1.5 to 2 pages) evaluative summary.
Your response should include the following:
- Summarize the article: what is the main focus of the article; what are the main points? If a research study was involved, what were its major findings? What are the author(s) conclusions and/or recommendations?
- Evaluate the article: Is the article helpful? Does it follow its stated intent? Does the article present as objective, or did you find a bias? Is it effective in influencing the reader’s thinking in any way? Would you recommend this article to others to read? Explain why or why not.
- Other: Include other points you determine are appropriate to present a complete summary/evaluation response to your specific article.
Be sure to submit your project in one WORD document (that includes your three evaluative summaries).
This Research Project is due by 11:55 PM EST on the last day of Module 6.
Research Project is worth 20% of your final grade.
Additional formatting instructions for your paper: Cover page in APA format. Full reference of article in APA format at top of page following by your evaluative summary response using APA writing style (double-spaced, indenting paragraphs, 1/2” margins). Start each new article summary on new page of same document: you will submit one (1) document that includes your three (3) article summaries.