What the difference between a research question and a thesis statement?
Research Question: Asks a question
o Ex. What are the long term effects of Youthful Offending?
Thesis Statement: You are setting an argument
o Rest of paper supplies evidence to support argument
o Ex. This paper will show that the long term effects of youthful offending are...
How many drafts of a paper do you normally write before you submit your paper (final draft)
You should have many drafts
Normally messy to logical
Look at a paper as a process
Knowing where to find sources
Know what journals to look in
The Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
The Canadian Review of Sociology
The Canadian Journal of Sociology
Canada= young offenders
The Research Journal of Crime and Delinquency
Criminology and Public Policy
The American Sociological Review
The American Journal of Sociology
British Journal of Criminology
Policing and Society
o New Zealand and Australia
Australian/ New Zealand Journal of Criminology
o Avoid textbooks- go to original sources The Ministry of Justice
o They have done research on young offenders in Canada
o 1984 to Today
Juristat- by Statistics Canada
o Trends in Crime
o Diff between males and females, ages, ethnic groups, etc
Try and stay in Canadian context but you can include stuff world wide
o Ex. Why kids join gangs- it is the same reason worldwide
o Why do some offenders reoffended that are out of jail while others stop offending?
What explains re offending amoung youth
o To what degree does police presence have on the effect of youth crime?
o Quote more than three lines indent 10 spaces
o Have a bridge in-between topics
o End of paper- suggestions for future research
I wish this kind of material was there
I wish it included this aspect, etc
o How has the media addressed your topic?
Has your topic attracted attention in the media and in which way
o 1) Clear research question or research statement
o 2) Well argued paper with good evidence
o 3) Well organized – logical flow
o 4) Well researched and thorough
o 5) Well written
Long Term Effects of Youthful Offending
Key research areas/ questions
o 1) What is the impact of youthful offending on offending later in life?
What level of crime as a kid have on crime as an adult
o 2) What is the education and economic effects of people as a teen have an impact when
you are older?
Does it have a negative impact on your education level? Your career later in life?
o 3) What are the effects of incarceration?
What effects does it have on future offending, job, education, family
o 4) What if you are a victim of a crime as a teenager?
What effect does this have later in life on