Part 1. Criminal Justice
Research and Reputable Resources
For your main post, locate
two reputable journal articles through the Capella University Library or
Internet research and one nonreputable article on the Internet that focus on
issues of a single general criminological or criminal justice issue, such as
criminology or crime and delinquency. Then respond to the following:
1.Analyze the three articles selected, highlighting which articles
should be considered reputable, and why.
2.Explain your understanding of science versus pseudoscience in
the context of reputable research resources.
3.Discuss whether the articles you selected contain science or
4.Determine what research methods are used in the selected
articles, whether they are used by a criminal justice agency or
scholar-practitioner, and why.
5.Discuss whether the articles selected are descriptive,
evaluative, explanatory, or exploratory. Include in your discussion what
characteristics make them so, and what makes the method used the best fit for
the study over other research methods.
2 The (Mis)measurement of Crime
Whether measurement of
social phenomena is accurate can depend on the time and context of the data
being measured. As societal views change, the meaning of the data can change
with it. Therefore, it is important to select precise indicators when measuring
abstract concepts, such as when trying to operationalize social phenomena.
Before completing the discussion, view Crime
Analyst in Action Introduction to meet a crime analyst who shares
her career challenges and strategies and introduces the research process she
uses in a recent assignment.
In your main post:
1.Explain the necessary factors to consider before public opinion
survey results can be trusted as a reputable criminal justice resource, based
on the principles of survey research examined in Chapter 1 of The Mismeasure of Crime.
2.Discuss how you could use public opinion research in your
current or future career path based on its reliability as a resource.
3.Examine the benefits public opinion research would bring to your
sector of interest in the criminal justice field versus other more or less
reputable research resources.