Unit 5 IP – Research Paper

Using the feedback you received from your instructor and colleagues over the last few weeks, you will now revise your rough draft into your final research paper. As you revise, feel free to continue to expand your paper by adding additional supporting evidence and analysis where you see a need. Have you incorporated the information related to technology, corrections, and any theories or policies related to the issue you are researching?

Your final draft must be no fewer than 7 pages, not including the reference page. It must be longer and more refined than your Unit 3 Individual Project. This paper must follow APA-style format and include in-text citations and a reference page. Be sure to proofread your final paper and run the spell and grammar checks before submitting.

Transform your IP3 draft into your final IP5 paper. The annotated bibliography in your IP3 paper must be transformed or changed into a “literature review” in your IP5 paper.

Here is the BLANK IP5 TEMPLATE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EuwuGPVRppWhOju9d5sRDJmanWx4WvpZ/view?usp=sharing

Follow the guidelines in the INSTRUCTIONAL IP5 TEMPLATE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0QmECZPnLPhS2Z6LVNZdmdieEU/view?usp=sharing

Below are administrative recommendations that should be applied to your final IP5 paper. Keep up the good work.

At the top of page 2, please center the title of the paper e.g. “Collection and Reporting of Crime Statistics ” (1 point)

The following has a weak English syntax:

[Contemporary collection and reporting of crime statistics are more varied and comprehensive that the 19th and early 20th centuries.]


[If criminal data adopts digitization, the collection and reporting of crime statistics will ultimately hit the necessary timelines of delivery, and every detail gathered will effectively address the essential concerns even on offences that most people believe are commonly thought to be effectively measured.] This sentences is confusing to read.


[Crime statistics remain to be such a vital tool for understanding criminal justice professionals to understand the rate of growing or declining risk of crime in the country.]


[Several law enforcement initiatives have formulated to ensure a successful reduction in the rate of crimes in the United States.]

There are other sentence structure issues that won’t be pointed out here. Some of the weak sentence structures could probably be caught by you if you set your paper down (after you think you’re done with it) and then walk away from it and just leave it overnight. Then, the next day, pick it up and “proof read” it. That simply means that you’re reading it to look for errors in it. Does it sound right when you read it back to yourself? If not, then re-write it until you’re satisfied with it. By doing that, you can catch a lot of your own errors and can increase the flow of the paper. That’s the method that I use – and it might be helpful for you too. (5 points).

The little square at the end of some of the paragraphs may be deleted. (1 point)

Some of the paragraphs are not indented. Please always indent the first line of all paragraphs by a half inch. (1 point).

In the measurement and analysis section, please provide a robust discussion on whether the information is going to be qualitative, quantitative or both. Specifically, please explain to the reader the differences between your quantitative and qualitative data (in reference to your research proposal). Here is a website that explains the differences: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qmlzsZlpRgKyZLef0mZe1aUh2UcsrQCo/view?usp=sharing (3 points)

Regarding the ethics section of your paper, do you need approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) before you conduct your research? Yes or no? Why or why not? For all future writings, please address that issue. Here is a website that explains ethical considerations: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZUt_d_kTBd0C9DraTQUg1g9RMslMHmyZ/view?usp=sharing (3 points)

This assignment is supposed to produce an edited rough draft of the body of a proposed research paper. It should present a clear focus on the problems – and provide a tentative solution(s). The references should be scholarly sources to support ideas that are presented. It should present an introduction to the problem (a thesis statement), a hypothesis, research questions, an annotated bibliography and a consideration of ethical issues, as they relate to an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

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