Literature Analysis Instructions

For the final assignment in this course, you are to write a Literature Analysis paper that builds upon the research in one of the fields that we have studied. This project will be the culmination of the Topic Identification and Bibliography that you submitted in Module/Week 3. Your paper should be 10–12 pages in length and should incorporate at least 12 scholarly sources, all of which must be cited on the final bibliography page.  It is important that you synthesize the information from your research in order to create a well-blended paper.  Also, remember that the purpose of this paper is to analyze what the scholastic literature has to say on a particular portion of the criminal justice/criminology field.  Organize and format your paper according to APA style.  If you need more help understanding how to analyze scholastic literature consult the corresponding section in your APA manual.  Your paper will be due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 7.

Include the following elements in your paper:

  • Title page including a running head
  • Abstract and keywords
  • Body

o   Introduction concluding with your thesis statement

o   Discussion of key terms

o   How this topic fits within the field of criminal justice/criminology

o   What conclusions can be drawn from the scholarship on the subject

o   Application in a real world context

  • Conclusion (Make sure you reflect back upon your thesis statement and make adjustments as needed.)
  • Bibliography
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