Criminology related Literature Review

Literature Review (5 pages; Review at least 8 sources) The literature review is useful to examine and report on what other researchers have uncovered on the topic. The literature review is NOT expected to be exhaustive. However, the literature reviewed in this section should be specific to the topic and should primarily focus on empirical research studies that describe or explain variables relative to the topic. Students should provide an overview of the manuscripts described in the literature review to possibly include the information: (1) the general topic/focus of the analysis and overall results/findings of the study, (2) data analysis techniques (e.g. multiple regression, discriminant analysis), (3) sampling procedures (and it is sometimes useful to note the sample size), (4) type of research (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods), and (5) data collection methods (experiments, surveys, interviews, field observations, etc.). Finally, in closing your literature review students should assess the findings cumulatively to comment about inconsistencies among results from various studies. Doing so will help you to identify areas (gaps in the literature) where additional research would contribute to the literature. This section will require numerous citations. Review page 119 of the textbook for more details on writing a literature review. Generally, this section would also include a theoretical framework to better guide the analysis, however this requirement is reserved for graduate students. As such, undergraduates are not required to propose a theoretical framework. Upon submitting your literature review, be sure to include your introduction as well (approximately 8 pages total).