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CJ 578: SPI AOC: Types of Journals & Magazines

Example of an Experimental Study

Kirk, D. S., Barnes, G. C., Hyatt, J. M., & Kearley, B. W. (2018). The impact of residential change and housing stability on recidivism: pilot results from the Maryland Opportunities through Vouchers Experiment (MOVE). Journal Of Experimental Criminology, 14(2), 213-226. doi:10.1007/s11292-017-9317-z

  • Typically reports the results of a study (or in this case a pilot study)
  • Should have a results section and often a methods section as well as a discussion of their sample size/population
  • Intended to look at a small slice of a problem or topic
  • Intended to be replicable by other researchers
  • Will always have a bibliography or reference list

Example of a Law Journal Review

Pinedo, V. J. (2017). Let's keep it civil: An evaluation of civil disabilities, call for reform, and recommendations to reduce recidivism. Cornell Law Review 102(2), 513-546.

  • Written by law students or legal scholars
  • Explores some question of law or legal system, often in a theoretical way
  • Not experimental in any way
  • Law review journals are published by law students in law programs, supervised by a faculty member. The peer-review process is thus a little different than with other types of scholarly sources

Example of a Literature Review

Whittle, T. N. (2018). Felony Collateral Sanctions Effects on Recidivism: A Literature Review. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 29(5), 505-524. doi:10.1177/0887403415623328

  • Examines the scholarly literature on a particular topic (in this case collateral sanctions) to search for gaps, areas for further research
  • Peer-reviewed
  • Typically provides a good overview of a topic
  • Will always have a bibliography or reference list

Example of a Trade Journal/Magazine

SHUFORD, J. A. (2018). The missing link in reentry: Changing prison culture. Corrections Today, 80(2), 42-102.

  • Brief  and high-level overview of the topic
  • Not a scholarly study, but usually the author is knowledgeable about the topic
  • Will have graphics, pictures, headings
  • Will sometimes refer you to further reading or have some sources but not always

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