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- You have been asked to prepare a brief presentation on a criminological topic or issue of interest to you. Go to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs. Browse the BJS publications for a topic that interests you. Write a short outline for a 5- to 10-minute presentation regarding your topic, including statistics and other relevant information.
- Go to the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Sciences Program Web site at www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5422. What are the components that this program looks for in a proposed piece of research? Write a detailed outline for a research proposal to study a subject of your choice to be submitted to the National Science Foundation for funding.
- Using the Web, find five different examples of criminological research projects that have been completed. Briefly describe each. How does each differ in its approach to reporting the research results? To whom do you think the author(s) of each is “reporting” (i.e., who is the “audience”)? How do you think the predicted audience has helped shape the author’s approach to reporting the results? Be sure to note the Web sites at which you located each of your five examples.
- One of the key issues in reporting research results is ensuring that the report is produced in an ethical way. Go to the websites http://www.equator-network.org/library/research-ethics-publication-ethics-and-good-practice-guidelines/ and http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/resources/bioethics/whatis/. Review the information regarding publication and research ethics on these websites. Then, discuss what you see as the most important issues related to ethics and what can be done to help promote ethical research.