Crime Mapping

Instructions

For this assignment, you will draft an Introduction section for your capstone paper. The introduction is a short preview of your paper. Its purpose is to let the reader know what your paper will be about. When you write your introduction, make it interesting. There are several ways to do this: Think of your introduction as being similar to a movie trailer. You want to catch your readers’ attention and convince them that the paper is worth reading. One way to do this is by including relevant statistics describing the scope of the problem or presenting a recent relevant media story. By giving readers a real-world example, you pique their interest in your topic, encouraging them to read more. 

Content

The Introduction section should include all the following:

  • A description of the issue/problem;
  • The effects of the issue/problem;
  • An introduction of your topic of investigation and description of how this area of crime science should help to solve the issue/problem.
  • Note: The last sentence of the Introduction section should be your approved thesis statement.

Formatting & Length

Think of the Introduction section as a road map that details what the rest of your paper will be about and how it will be structured. The Introduction section should be approximately 3/4 of a page to one full page in length. Please use Times New Roman 12-pt font with 1″ page margins.

Editing and Proofreading

Make sure to use editing tools in Word and run your Introduction through IntelliWriter (available from the left menu) for proofreading and organizational issues. 

Grading

Assignments will be graded as complete/incomplete. This will serve as a first draft assignment for feedback. However, failure to turn in the Introduction assignment on time will result in a 0.

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Crime Mapping

Capstone Research Paper

 

Follow instructions. please check the library search doc so you know what references to use. 

 

Thesis statement:  through the utilization of advanced GIS and data analytics, crime mapping serves as a vital tool in comprehensively understanding spatial-temporal crime patterns, enabling evidence-based interventions, fostering community engagement, and informing policy development for enhanced crime prevention and public safety.

 

Instructions

For the capstone research paper, you will write an 8- to 10-page research paper (not including title page, reference page, tables, or figures) on one of the topics listed in the course syllabus. The purpose of the research paper is to investigate your selected topic and find evidence that supports your thesis statement. However, it is very important that you provide the reader with both sides of the argument. The following information must be included within your paper:

  • a description of the issue/topic, including the scope of the issue/problem (e.g., statistics & case studies), and any effects the issue/problem has on investigators, jurors, judges, the public, etc.
  • a discussion of the background and history of the issue/problem; and
  • a discussion of an evidence-based solution that would help mitigate/solve the issue.
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In addition, you should summarize empirical studies that have researched/evaluated the issue/problem, focusing on support for your thesis statement as well as providing any contradictory evidence or obstacle to implementation that may exist. For each study, you may, but are not required to, include the following information:

  • a summary of the research question examined,
  • a summary of the population examined,
  • a summary of how the data were obtained (i.e., methodology, the type of information collected),
  • a summary of the findings as they relate to your thesis statement (e.g., evidence the author[s] found that supports it or refutes it),
  • a brief discussion of any significant limitations to the findings.
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All information contained in the paper must come from a minimum of 10 sources, which must be cited correctly in the text and be documented correctly on the reference page. Of the total sources, at least five should be articles from academic journals or books published by an academic press. Do not include theses or dissertations as references. In addition, you should not rely on your own knowledge about the topic. Your paper must be written in APA format and must include citations written in APA format 7th edition. Failure to include citations constitutes plagiarism. Your paper must include an APA formatted title page as well as an APA formatted reference page. Points will be deducted from papers that do not meet the page requirements or that do not incorporate at least 10 sources.

 

Structural Elements of the Capstone Research Report

Research papers may reflect different roles that analysts commonly play, i.e., from researcher to advocate. The type of paper you are writing is one that is action/advocacy oriented (but based purely on evidence from academic sources and not opinion). The capstone research paper must be structured using the following sections and include the following headings:

  1. Title page (APA formatted)
  2. Introduction (clear statement of the problem or issue; a short overview of the root causes of the issue/problem; and a description of how crime science research can help solve this issue/problem. Make sure to include your thesis statement.)
  3. Background/History (background and history of the issue/problem)
  4. Importance of Issue/Problem (Prevalence of the issue/problem; a discussion of who or what the issue/problem is targeting, who is affected the most by this issue/problem; and a discussion of what investigation is needed within this area of crime science to help solve the issue/problem)
  5. Research (summary and discussion of research studies evaluating the issue/problem, focusing on support for your thesis statement as well as providing any contradictory evidence that may exist)
  6. Recommendations (based on the research findings what changes need to be made to address the issue/problem, what is working, what is not working, include all points of view and perspectives; then, make recommendations for improvement to the legislature/lawmakers)  
  7. Conclusion (Brief summary of the findings, outcomes, and final take away message from your research review; policy implications, future directions, and expectations; restate your thesis statement)
  8. Reference page (APA formatted)
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Formatting

Papers must be formatted using Times New Roman 12-point font; double-spaced; left alignment, 1″ page margins, page numbers in the upper right header. Paraphrase in your own words and make sure to proofread your paper for mechanics and grammar.

 

Grading

Research papers will be evaluated on written communication, content knowledge, and critical thinking. Please refer to the grading rubric at the bottom of this page for specific criteria.

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