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No directly quoted material may be used in this project paper.

Resources should be summarized or paraphrased with appropriate in-text and Resource page citations.

One of the major forms of research conducted by criminologists is searching for and analyzing information in published materials. These materials include

  • peer-reviewed journal articles (articles published in academic journals)
  • government documents (reports such as those published by the National Institute of Justice [NIJ], FBI, etc.)
  • mass media reports (articles in major newspapers [The New York Times, The Washington Post, etc.] and electronic media outlets [ABC, Fox, CNN, etc.])

Each of these kinds of information sources has its strengths and weaknesses. Depending on the kind of research a criminologist is conducting, one of these may prove more useful than the others.

Your mission in this assignment is to find three examples of publications, articles, reports, or stories from each of these kinds of information sources. You will have a total of nine sources‚ three for each information source type. The topics of the works must be pertinent to some aspect of crime and justice.

Use the Internet to locate the government documents and mass media reports, and use the UMUC online library to obtain the peer-reviewed journal articles. Then, write a report on what you found. In your report, please do the following:

  • Provide an APA reference for each of the nine works.
  • Annotation – After each APA reference, provide a brief description of the work. Each of the nine descriptions should be at least 100 words in length. The description should tell your reader what the work is about.
  • Summary – After this, write an analysis of the value of each of the three types of information sources (article, report, media news item) from which you gathered examples. In other words, after describing each of the nine works, present a discussion of what you learned about the value to criminologists of peer-reviewed journal articles versus government documents versus mass media reports. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? We are looking for some critical thinking about these sources here!

Format Requirements

Paper should be in American Psychological Association (APA) format

Double space

12 pt. font

1” margins

Use APA citations for all sources

Include reference page using APA format guidelines (not included in word count)

NOTE: Support materials are available in the classroom to assist you with APA formatting requirements.

Additionally –

Create a cover page for your assignment (not included in word count)

Include your name

Course title and number

Project title

Date of submission

Please note that each article needs to be summarized (NOTE: 100 word MINIMUM) and at the end of the 9 articles summarized, you will need to analyze the 3 types of media used. For example, “I found that the mass media articles were very timely and easy to locate but they were also biased and not validated. The government articles were a great source for statistics but had very little ….” You may want to mention when each type of article would be more beneficial than the other. Also, note that you can select any topic for your research as long as it is criminology/criminal justice and not all 9 articles have to be on the same topic. I hope you find this helpful….

“SERNA, J. (2014, October 17). Former Playboy model, private pilot arrested in drug bust. Retrieved October 18, 2014, from http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-playboy- drugs-vegas-orange-county-ecstasy–20141017-story.html”

This brief article about a former playboy model turned drug smuggler, talks about how she and a private pilot were caught with over $2 million worth of MDMA. They were charged with federal conspiracy to distribute and are currently waiting to be arraigned.

“Alvarez, L. (2014, October 17). Florida Man Gets Life Term In Fatal Dispute Over Music. Retrieved October 18, 2014, from http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/18/us/florida-man-gets- life-in-prison-in-fatal-dispute-over-music.html?ref=us&_r=0”

The article is about a man who was convicted of premeditated murder in 2012 for shooting an unarmed victim over loud music. On Friday the judge sentenced the man to life in prison and added an additional 90 years for the attempted murder of three others that were also in the vehicle were he shot the young man. In the article the man apologizes for what he has done and the mother of the victim forgives him.

“Morse, D. (2014, October 13). HIV-positive man charged for possibly transmitting virus to woman. Retrieved October 18, 2014, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/hiv- positive-man-charged-for-possibly-transferring-virus/2014/10/13/7056fcc2-5318-11e4-ba4b- f6333e2c0453_story.html”

A man who was HIV positive had intimate relations with a woman and did not use a condom and is now being charged with 7 counts of knowingly having HIV and trying to transmit the disease to another person. The article states how he met the girl at a bar went home with her, asked if she was on the pill, when she said no they continued to be intimate without ever using a condom. The woman found out by finding medical documents stating he was HIV positive. “Rare Wine Dealer Sentenced in Counterfeiting Scheme. (2014, September 5). Retrieved October 18, 2014, from http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/september/rare-wine-dealer-sentenced-in-counterfeiting-scheme/rare-wine-dealer-sentenced-in-counterfeiting-scheme” This article is about a rare wine dealer who sold over $30 million worth of counterfeit wine. He was found guilty December 2013 with overwhelming evidence against him, guilty of counterfeiting, bank fraud, and claiming he was a permanent US resident when he had no legal immigration status. Also he was ordered to pay $28 million in restitution.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE A SUMMARY OF THE 3 TYPES OF MEDIA UTILIZED ALONG WITH YOUR OPINION AS TO WHICH TYPE IS MORE BENEFICIAL TO CRIMINOLOGISTS.

P.S. Please note that the above example does not meet the 100 word minimum for each summary but it demonstrates how the project is to be compiled.

Rubric Name: A MODEL Rubric for Projects – Max points

This table lists criteria and criteria group name in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method.Criteria

Overall content of paper or project. Value: 20 points

20 points

The paper is exemplary. Content of the paper exceeds all information required by assignment, demonstrates critical thinking skills, sophisticated analysis and other perspectives.

Points available: 18-20

17.9 points

Paper indicates effort above and beyond the Project Description in the areas of research, analysis, critical thinking, etc.

Points available: 16-17.9

15.9 points

In general, the content of the paper addresses the information required by the assignment.

Points available: 14-15.9

13.9 points

The overall content of the paper addresses less than the minimal amount of the information required by the assignment. It demonstrates marginal work and does not reflect an understanding of the project.

Points available D: 12 -13.9

Points available F: 11.9

/ 20

Overall analysis and critical thinking Value: 20 points

20 points

Analysis and critical thinking is evident throughout the paper, beyond the requirements in the Project Description

Points available: 18-20

17.9 points

Paper includes evidence of analysis and critical thinking beyond the requirements in the Project Description

Points available: 16-17.9

15.9 points

The analysis and critical thinking is consistant with the requirements in the Project Description

Points available: 14-15.9

13.9 points

The analysis and critical thinking reflected in this paper did not meet the requirements in the Project Description

Points available D: 12-13.9

Points available F: 0-11.9

/ 20

Responsiveness to Project Description: All elements are included. Value: 10 points

10 points

Assignment is formatted exactly as required.

Points available: 9-10

8.9 points

Assignment is formatted as required with minor/ inconsequential deviations.

Points available: 8-8.9

7.9 points

Assignment mostly formatted as required but missing some required element(s).

Points available: 7-7.9

6.9 points

Assignment is missing major elements,

Points available D:6 – 6.9

Points available F: 0-5.9

/ 10

Responsiveness to Project Description : Application of theory and knowledge to the facts presented, accurate use of terminology, etc. Value: 10 points

10 points

Excellent understanding and application of theory and knowledge to the facts.

Terminology is correct in all uses.

Points available: 9-10

8.9 points

Clear application of theory and knowledge to the facts.

Most terminology references are correctly applied.

Points available: 8-8.9

7.9 points

Application of theory, knowledge and terminology indicate understanding of the concepts and focus of the project

Points available: 7-7.9

6.9 points

Theory and knowledge does not apply to the facts presented.

Use of terminology indicates a lack of understanding of the concepts and focus of the project

Points available D: 6-6.9

Points available F: 0-5.9

/ 10

Responsiveness to Project Description: Organization. Value: 10 points

10 points

Organization is relevant to topic, clear and understandable with logical flow that makes the project easier to follow.

Points available: 9-10

8.9 points

Organization is clear and does not distract from the project’s content.

Points available: 8-8.9

7.9 points

Organization presents some MINOR distractions from the project’s content.

Points available: 7-7.9

6.9 points

Organization lacks relevance, is unclear, difficult to understand, or logic is missing that causes distraction for the reader.

Points available D: 6-6.9

Points available F: 0-5.9

/ 10

Formatting, references, and APA citations Value 15 points

15 points

Assignment is formatted exactly as required, all required citations and references are present and APA standards are followed in every respect.

Points available 13.5-15

13.4 points

Assignment is formatted as required with minor/ inconsequential deviations, resource requirements are met, citations and references are present and APA standards are followed.

Points available: 12-13.4

11.9 points

Assignment mostly formatted as required but missing some required elements/ sources or some APA errors are evident.

Points available: 10.5-11.9

10.4 points

Assignment is missing major elements, lacks required sources or APA is not followed however a different citation method is used correctly.

Points available D: 9 – 10.4

Points available F: 0-8.9

/ 15

General Grammar/Mechanics Value 15 points

15 points

No or minor English and grammar usage errors.

Points available 13.5-15

13.4 points

A few minor/ inconsequentialmistakes in English and grammar.

Points available 12-13.4

11.9 points

Some, but acceptable mistakes in English and/or grammar.

Points available: 10.5-11.9

10.4 points

Many mistakes evident in English/grammar usage.

Points available D: 9 – 10.4

Points available F: 0-8.9

/ 15

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