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Advanced Criminology & Criminal Justice Research Guide

Advanced Research Processes and Resources in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Reading and Analyzing Journal Articles

When you're reading journal articles, look for key information like:

  1. What are the main hypotheses?
  2. Why is this research important?
  3. What are the theoretical perspectives of the authors?
  4. What is the sample size?
  5. What are the study's independent and dependent variables?
  6. Were the research measures and procedures appropriate for studying the stated hypothesis?
  7. What were the key research findings? Is the evidence falsifiable?
  8. Are the authors' conclusions supported by the data? 
  9. Did the authors show any bias?
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