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CRIM 1121: 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 2020)

Final Paper: Students are required to write a research paper that covers topics and themes from the course readings. Papers should be 8-10 pages double-spaced and must include reference to the course text, and 5 peer-reviewed journal articles. Paper topics must be situated in Canadian context and fall between the 1700s-1960s.

Topic Options (choose one): Policing, reformatories/prisons, drug laws, moral regulation, colonization, racial inequality under the law, the regulation of women, prostitution, the courts, youth justice, immigration policy, or social control vs. criminal justice approaches…. other ideas? See the instructor for approval.

Your 8-10 page essay is due at the beginning of lecture on March 25th, 2020. A draft of your final paper is due one week prior (March 18th) in class for Peer Review. Your paper must be a minimum of 8 and no more than 10 full pages of double-spaced text excluding cover page, abstract page, and references list. The paper should be written using APA style. This paper is worth 30% of your final grade.

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

 The course textbook
 Five peer-reviewed journal articles


General Writing Instructions

  • All papers should include a title page, an abstract, and a references page. Pages should be numbered using the APA style running head. All papers have an introduction, a main body, and a conclusion.

The APA Style Guidelines are located in this Library guide under APA citation Style tab.  

  • Ensure you cite each source correctly on your references page. Your paper should include an interesting title (not CRIM 1121 Final Paper).
  • Assignments should be printed single-sided in 12 pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, and a staple in the top left hand corner. There should be no extra spacing between paragraphs, and long journal article titles or authors’ first names should not be included (they pad the word count).
  • If you are using section headings, don’t start a new page and ensure you delete any extra spaces added between paragraphs.  I want to see full pages of text within the body of your paper. Words should be used for numbers from zero through nine, and numbers from 10 onwards. Keep writing formal: do not use contractions in academic writing, such as don’t, can’t, or there’s, and do not use colloquialisms or slang (such as ‘kids’ instead of ‘children’).


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