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CRIM 401 - Criminology: for Raymond Hall's students

Research Resources

APA Citation Style Guide

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review is a section of a scholarly article or book (usually toward the begining) which summarizes and evaluates previous scholarship.

The purpose of a literature review is to give an accurate and complete accounting of the current state of knowledge for whichever research question you are attempting to answer.  It is an essential feature of scholarship because without it the reader cannot judge how well-informed you are or how original your approach might be.

Most academic disciplines are included in our Annual Reviews online subscriptions.  Take a look at the Annual Reveiw of Sociology.  Looking at them can give you a sense of how it is done. 

What you end up writing will be probably be different in two ways.

1) You should have a much narrower focus.  These attempt to cover very broad topics.

2) You should delve back a number of years to learn everything you can about your topic.  These only try to account for what has happened over the last year.

Possible Topics - Fall 2014

  1. Acquaintance rape and changing laws on consent
  2. Juvenile life sentences
  3. Remanding  Juvenile offenders to adult court
  4. U.S. States and the Death Penalty- other high income nations
  5. Evolving Hate Crime legislation
  6. Chronic Offenders and legislative reaction
  7. Police strategy and Broken Windows Theory
  8. Criminal Defense- public vs.  private, Prosecutorial discretion
  9. Victims advocacy
  10. Prison Litigation Reform Act
  11. P.R.R.A.
  12. Super-max and the isolation controversy
  13. Mental illness in our prisons and the 8th amendment
  14. Domestic violence and legislative action- on campuses
  15. Sex offender reintegration
  16. Cognitive- Behavioral   therapy-distorted thinking
  17. Exonerated convicts and restitution from the state
  18. Reasons for false convictions and remedies
  19. Mandatory minimums sentencint
  20. Three strikes laws
  21. Drug war’s disproportional impact on minorities
  22. Sexual predator laws - evolution
  23. Punishment of sexual abuse in the U.S.
  24. Civil comittment of sexual offenders
  25. Juvenile sexual offenders treatment and theoretical approach
  26. Commonly used treatments for sexual offenders
  27. Sex offender registration and the impact on reoffending
  28. Victims rights - sex offense victims

THESE TOPICS ARE JUST SUGGESTIONS, ANY OF THESE OR ANY TOPIC SIMILAR WILL BE ACCEPTABLE-YOU SHOULD HOWEVER, ASK THE INSTRUCTOR FOR APPROVAL.

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