Writing Assignment (WA 2): Secondary Data Analysis (your research sources)
Total Points Possible: 50 pts.
(See Syllabus for Due Date) ________
First you must pick a topic to write your final research paper on (it must be a criminology related topic).
Then find at least two credible journal articles (hard copy journals, or electronic journal via Santa Fe’s
virtual library) on your research topic. These sources must be scholarly research based articles that have
been published, and have authors. Then write a summary analysis of the two journal articles you have
found for your research paper.
You also need to write the thesis statement, theory and primary data methodology explorations for your
final research paper. Write your introduction which tells the reader what will be explored in your term
paper including your thesis statement. Use your textbook to define and then apply a theory we have
covered in class to your research topic. Next use your textbook to define and then explore a
methodology that you would use to collect primary data on your research topic if you had the
opportunity in the future (explore examples).
Again you must demonstrate the ability to know when and how to use APA style citations to give credit
to your sources for quotes and paraphrases, and their ideologies, definitions, dates and statistics. You
also need to create an APA style reference page (at the end of your essay). Your essay format should
follow the research process listed below. I expect you to make corrections based on my feedback and
use this data in your final research paper. Four-page maximum length.
Show your ability to apply terminology from the assigned readings and classroom discussion into your
essay when appropriate. It is very important to note that this class is a discipline specific writing class
and we will be using APA style citations. You must demonstrate the ability to use the APA style tools
you have learned in-class in all your writing assignments this semester.
Type your name, writing assignment number, class meeting time and date in the upper right/left hand
corner, this header should be single spaced. The writing assignment should be in proper left align
paragraph format. The body of the text should be double spaced using a 10 or 12 font size with 1”
borders. To guarantee the assignments do not accumulate late points they must be turned in on or
before the beginning of the class period of the assigned due date. If you send the assignments as an E-
mail attachment, make sure your file is sent as a MS Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) document or I may
not be able to open it—which is the same as not receiving it. Remember, there is a loss of 5 points per
each day the assignment is late (see syllabus).
The Research Process Explored:
-Introduction (thesis Statement)
-Methodology: Analyzing secondary data (your research sources) is what we are doing for this assignment -Theory
-Methodology (primary data collection not conducted but explored)
Discussion & Conclusions