For this paper you are to compare and contrast the two primary crime data sources used in the United States, i.e., the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The focus within your paper should be centered on the methodological procedures and implications between the two crime data sources. The purpose of this assignment is to critically review the primary data sources used in modern criminological research.
CMRJ501 Paper Requirements Checklist
– All papers must be AT LEAST 10 pages of written text (you may not go under, but may go over) – this DOES NOT includes title page, references, charts, images, and also any appendices (appendices are not required).
– VERY IMPORTANT: All papers must be 100% original work for this class. The discovery of previous work being used as part of your paper will be treated as plagiarism. You cannot reuse papers submitted for previous courses. There is no double dipping of papers allowed at the University. All submitted work must be fresh.
If you choose to use previous work, on a limited basis, you must quote the material per APA 7th edition standards, and use it very sparingly. Please police yourself accordingly as questionable Turn It In results will have an adverse impact on your score and may result in the forwarding of the work to the Dean’s Office as a matter of University protocol.
1. Firstly, all papers must be typed and DOUBLE-SPACED.
2. Secondly, all papers must use 12 point Times New Roman font, with 1″ margins all around (top, bottom, and sides)
3. Thirdly, all papers must have page numbers (excluding the cover page) in the top right-hand corner of each page
4. Fourthly, all papers must use APA 7th edition format for citations and references
5. Also, all papers must have a minimum of five (5) different acceptable academic sources
– Only the following are acceptable academic sources:
1. Peer-reviewed journal articles (online or hard copy)
2. You may use the readings/articles in the content section.
3. U.S. Government publications. You cannot use all government documents, you must use at least three peer reviewed sources as part of your five.
– Title, save, and upload your papers to the Assignments Folder as a word.doc only
– Papers that fall short of minimum length will have a max point award related to the % of the paper they actually submit. For example the max possible for a paper that is 50% short of the minimum length will be 50%.
Note: This Assignment is directly to the following Course Objectives:
CO3. Judge the impact of criminological theory and also research on social policy;
CO4. Explain the history of statistical crime data collection and also analysis and the various methods used to collect and disseminate that data
CO5. Summarize the differences between the UCR and NIBRS crime data reporting tools