Criminal Justice: Research Process
Recognizing Scholarly Articles
Use the following criteria to determine if the article represents scholarly research:
- Does it include a Methods section that describes such things as the independent and dependent variables; the population studied; and the methods used?
- Does it include a Literature Review that discussed previous research on the topic?
- Does it include a Results section that provides detailed information on the results of the research, including tables, charts, etc.?
- Does it include a Discussion section that discusses the results of the research?
- Does it include an extensive Bibliography or list of References Cited?
For additional help, use the chart below:
Tests and Measurements
Writing an Article or Book Review
The Literature Review
The University of Northern Colorado - Literature review for Criminal Justice students
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center also has a web link for
writing a literature review.
Bluford Library, North Carolina State University has an excellent Libguide
Another good source is "Writing a Literature Review and Using a Synthesis Matrix"
North Carolina State University has an excellent video tutorial "Literature Reviews: An Overview".