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CRIM1121 (Ivers): Historical Perspectives in Criminal Justice: Research Assignment Overview

This guide was developed for CRIM 1121 (Aaren Ivers) class assignment. It provides help finding research articles in databases and primary sources, mainly depicting how crime and criminals were presented in the media in the early 1900's.

Thieves, burglars, incendiaries


L'Armitage. (1865).  The great international confederacy of thieves, burglars and incendiaries on the Canadian frontier: From the sworn statements of reputable witnesses and materials collected by several trusty detectives.  Retrieved from


Research Assignment

Welcome to Criminology 1121
Historical Perspectives in Criminal Justice Assignment Guide

This Library assignment guide will help you find books, academic monographs, peer reviewed journal articles, newspapers and other primary source material for topics related to your research essay.

Your Research Assignment Paper Topics & Guidelines (Aaren Ivers CRIM 1121, Winter 2021)

Final Paper: Students are required to write a research paper that covers topics and themes from the course readings. Papers should be 6-8 FULL pages double-spaced and must include reference to one of the articles in the course text (Crime and Deviance in Canada), and four additional peer-reviewed journal articles.  

Due Dates:

  • Term paper outline due March 13 at 11:59 pm (submit through Blackboard)
  • Term paper draft due March 20 at 11:59 pm for peer review (submit through Turnitin)
  • Term paper (final copy) due April 5 at 11:59 pm (submit through Turnitin)


Topic Options: Your paper will discuss one of the topics below within the period spanning the 1700s to 1960s Canada. The topics are broad by design: this should give you the freedom to zero in on a something that interests you.

  •  The regulation of women
  • Drug or intoxicant policies
  • Prisons, reformatories, and/or mental health institutions
  • Racial inequality under the law
  • The regulation of sexuality

Instructions: Your paper must be a minimum of 6 and no more than 8 full pages of double-spaced text excluding cover page and references page and should be written using APA style.

The Final Paper requires inclusion of the following sources (at a minimum)

  • The course textbook
  • Four peer-reviewed journal articles

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