Juvenile Justice Term Paper
Term Paper: The final assessment of this course is a research paper, meaning there is no final exam. For
the paper, you must select a current practice or policy that impacts the lives of juveniles. You must
research and critically examine your selected policy, including the desired goals and the effectiveness of
meeting said goals. Topics must be approved by September 21 st. Instructions for this paper will be
provided to you after the start of class. The paper is due on December 8th th on the last day of class. It is
worth 150 points. MY TOPIC IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
With your topic in hand, your task is to research and write a review of the literature related to your
topic. In this regard, the library databases and Google Scholar will be instrumental. The information you
draw on for this assignment should generally be scholarly in nature, such as journal articles are books
published by academics. In general, websites, blogs, and newspaper articles will not suffice as the sole
source of information. However, these sources may be used to complement the scientific literature
The paper should be between 8-10 pages in length.
All papers must be typed and submitted electronically or in hard copy.
- For consistency, please adhere to the Times New Roman font, double spaced, 12 point font size, and 1” margins all around.
- Please include a title page. Any blank space, especially on the first page, will not count toward the page count.
- A bibliography or reference list must be included. I recommend using APA format, however, the
only requirement is that regardless of whichever format is used it is used consistently throughout
Refer to the syllabus for examples of plagiarism. Any paper that includes
plagiarized material will be given a zero, meaning you will likely fail this course, and dealt with
through the appropriate university channels.
Failure to meet any of the above requirements will result in the loss of points. Further, the ability to
effectively convey information and ideas is based on the quality of the writing. It is unlikely that a poorly
written paper will earn full credit due to the inherent limitations of such writing. This includes using
incorrect grammar/spelling, writing fragmentary sentences, or using appropriate sentence structure.
More important than the page count, is the quality of the research. Writing nonsense or unrelated
information simply to fulfill the page requirement will do more harm than good.
I will gladly read drafts and provide feedback in order to help you write a better paper. If you would
like to submit a draft please do so before November 7th
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