Soc 333 final research paper

 The final assignment for this course is an academic research article critique. The purpose of the critique is to ensure that you know how to read and critically assess research for use in your own research, to understand social problems in society, support decision making in public policy, or to influence one’s own individual research approaches.

Focus of the Final Paper
Reading and critically analyzing academic research reported in journal articles is an important part of learning and applying scholarly research for multiple applications within your discipline. Through the first four weeks of this course, you have become more familiar with the various components of research design. For this final assignment, read and critically review one of the journal articles provided in the list by discipline (below). You may choose from any of the lists, however you will probably find one from your own discipline to be of greater interest to you and more useful for future reference.

  1. Choose one article from the list below and read it.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management


  • Haynes, M. R., & Giblin, M. J. (2014, March).       Homeland security risk and preparedness in police agencies: The       insignificance of actual risk factors. Police Quarterly, 17(1),       30-53. doi:10.1177/1098611114526017
  • Settles, T., & Lindsay, B. R. (2011). Crime in       post-Katrina Houston: The effects of moral panic on emergency planning. Disasters,       35(1), 200-219. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7717.2010.01200.x
  • Steelman, T. A., & Mccaffrey, S. (2013). Best       practices in risk and crisis communication: Implications for natural       hazards management. Natural Hazards, 65(1), 683-705.       doi: 

Military Studies 


  • Furia, S. R., & Bielby, D. D. (2009). Bombshells       on film: Women, military films, and hegemonic gender ideologies. Popular       Communication, 7(4), 208-224. doi:10.1080/15405700903046369
  • McClure, P., & Broughton, W. (2000). Measuring the       cohesion of military communities. Armed Forces & Society (0095327X),       26(3), 473-12.
  • Routon, P. W. (2014). The effect of 21st century       military service on civilian labor and educational outcomes. Journal       of Labor Research, (1), 15.

Social and Criminal Justice


  • Elmalak, S. (2015, April). Babies behind bars: An       evaluation of prison nurseries in American female prisons and their       potential Constitutional challenges. Pace Law Review, 35(3), 1080.
  • McDowall, D., Loftin, C., & Pate, M. (2012).       Seasonal cycles in crime, and their variability. Journal of       Quantitative Criminology, 28(3), 389-410.       doi:10.1007/s10940-011-9145-7
  • Trautner, M. (2011). Tort reform and access to       justice: How legal environments shape lawyers’ case selection. Qualitative       Sociology, 34(4), 523-538. doi:10.1007/s11133-011-9203-3 

Social Science 


  • Charnley, S., & Durham, W. H. (2010). Anthropology       and environmental policy: What counts? American Anthropologist,       (3), 397. doi:10.1111/j.1548-1433.2010.01248.x 
  • Cohen, A. (2012). Sweating the vote: Heat and       abstention in the US House of Representatives. PS: Political Science &       Politics, (1)
  • Fouts, H. N., Hewlett, B. S., & Lamb, M. E.       (2012). A biocultural approach to breastfeeding interactions in Central       Africa. American Anthropologist, (1), 123.       doi:10.1111/j.1548-1433.2011.01401.x
  • Fulton, S. A. (2012). Running backwards and in high       heels: The gendered quality gap and incumbent electoral success. Political       Research Quarterly, (2). 303.



  • Atkinson, M. (2004). Tattooing and civilizing       processes: Body modification as self-control. Canadian Review of       Sociology & Anthropology, 41(2), 125-146.
  • Glass, P. G. (2012). Doing scene: Identity, space, and       the interactional accomplishment of youth culture. Journal of       Contemporary Ethnography, 41(6), 695. doi:10.1177/0891241612454104
  • Oyelere, R., & Oyolola, M. (2012). The role of       race and birth place in welfare usage among comparable women: Evidence       from the U.S. Review of Black Political Economy, 39(3), 285-297.       doi:10.1007/s12114-011-9122-2
  • Park, J., & Denson, N. (2013). When race and class       both matter: The relationship between socioeconomic diversity, racial       diversity, and student reports of cross-class interaction. Research in       Higher Education, 54(7), 725-745. doi:10.1007/s11162-013-9289-4 
  1. Read the resource below. 
  • Learning Commons. (2013). Using a scientific journal       article to write a critical review. University of Guelph. Retrieved from       
  1. Employ the methods detailed in the Learning Commons      resource to critique the article you selected in Step 1. At a minimum, the      critique should include the following information: 


  • Introduction (about two pages)
          Summarize the article you chose, including discussions surrounding the       purpose of the study, the methodology utilized, the results obtained, and       the conclusions drawn by the author(s) utilizing questions posed in the       reading. Utilize questions posed in the “Analyze the Text” section of the       Learning Commons resource to develop this section. You must include the       full APA citation for the article in your references page. 
  • Body (about five pages)
          Determine both the strengths and weaknesses of each section of the paper       (i.e., introduction, methods, results, discussion, overview). Use       questions posed in the “Evaluate the Text” section of the Learning       Commons resource to develop this section.
  • Conclusion (about three pages)
          Discuss the significance of the research. Utilize questions posed in the       “Establish the Significance of the Research” section of the Learning Commons       resource to develop this section. 

Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

  1. Must be 8 to 10 double-spaced pages in length      (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA      style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following: 
  • Title of paper
  • Student’s name
  • Course name and number
  • Instructor’s name
  • Date submitted
  1. Must use at least two scholarly resources, including a      minimum of one from the Ashford University Library.
  2. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in      the Ashford Writing Center.
  3. Must include a separate reference page, formatted      according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
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