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CJ 325: Research Methods (Navarro): Journal Article #1

This guide is designed to accompany the 9/21/15 library research session on source evaluation for John Navarro's Criminal Justice Research Methods (325) course.

Your Resource

Perceptions of Punishment: How Registered Sex Offenders View Registries.

Tewksbury, R. & Lees, M. (2007). Perceptions of Punishment: How Registered Sex Offenders View Registries. Crime & Delinquency, 53(3), 380-407.

Questions to Address in Evaluating your Resource

Read the Journal Info provided by the publisher and the abstract and respond to the following questions:

  1. Locate information about the author in the article. How does this information influence your evaluation of the information source?

  2. What leads you to believe the journal is scholarly

  3. Open the pdf of the article. What do you think about this style of writing in terms of the presentation of the information? Also consider the overall format of the article. 

  4. What research question(s) could this source help you answer if you were to write a paper on sexual deviance? Answer this question by also considering your overall evaluation of the source and whether you'd use the source or not. 

How your Source was Located

Located using Sociological Abstracts, which can be located in the Databases A-Z list