LEARNING OBJECTIVE: To help students further understand the research paper methodology through personal research, resource allocation, and contextual articulation.

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Students will complete a 3-5 page research paper on one of the criminological topics provided. The cover and references pages are not included in this page count. There are two parts to this assignment. Part I of the assignment requires that you write and submit a 3 or more page research paper as your rough draft. After receiving your paper back with feedback, you are required to utilize the feedback and turn in a final draft. Your paper must be in APA format. Use scholarly articles to articulate your perspective on the issue. You must reference at least three different sources. An abstract is not required.

Your research paper topic must come directly from one of the topics provided below. Your paper will consist of 3 or more typed pages, double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font and should be in the APA format. If the paper is not in APA format, it will not be accepted/graded and you will receive a ZERO for this assignment. Your final draft is worth 50 points. If you do not turn in a rough draft, your final draft will not be graded and you will receive a zero.


OPTION I: How is the advancement in technology affecting law enforcement?

  • Optional Topic / Idea to consider:
    • Specific technological advancements that have positively affected law enforcement (car cameras, social media, GIS, cell phone tracking technology)
  • Optional Resource:
  • Optional Topic/ Idea to consider
    • Concerns regarding privacy rights with the emergence of new technologies
  • Optional Resource
    • Myers, E. S. (2015). Containing cell phones: Restoring the balance between privacy and government interests in Fourth Amendment cell phone searches and seizures. Suffolk UL Rev., 48, 203.
    • Permalink: http://tinyurl.com/y54zy2zl
    • **Open using ISU Library Website

OPTION II: Mass School Shootings

OPTION III: Racial Disparity in Prison

OPTION IV: Opioid epidemic

  • Optional Resource


LATE PAPERS- Will not be accepted.

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