Project 1: Annotated Bibliography;
For your final project in this you will be asked to trace a crime or criminal incident through the adult
criminal course justice system, from initial arrest to eventual return to the community following
incarceration. In the course of that project you will encounter numerous decision points or stages in the
system. Project 1will assist you prepare for your final project by introducing you to topic research. You
may then use the results of this project to support your final project paper.
Project 1 Assignment:
Using one of the possible topics listed below (see, Topics), you will prepare an annotated bibliography.
What is an Annotated Bibliography?
• A bibliography is a list of books, articles, and documents. (CCJS bibliographies must be written in the
American Psychological Association (APA) format
• The annotation is a brief (usually about 150 words) paragraph that provides some descriptive and
evaluative information about each book, article, etc.
1. Your Annotated Bibliography must contain four (4) outside (not instructional material for this course)
sources, at least two of which must come from the UMUC Library data base.
2. Locate books, periodicals, and documents that may contain useful information and ideas on your
topic. You may conduct your research with the assistance of a UMUC librarian, reviewing your own
personal materials on the topic, using the Internet, visiting an actual library, etc. and review the
available items. Then, choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic.
a. Note: You can connect to Library Services by using the Library link
http://www.umuc.edu/library/index.cfm under Resources in the Classroom Task bar; or,
b. Link directly to the UMUC Library Guide to Criminal Justice Resources link in Content
3. Type the reference “citation” information for the book, article, or document using the American
Psychological Association (APA) formatting standards. (There are links to APA format standards under
4. Each reference is followed by the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of
the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. Creating an annotated bibliography calls for a
variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research.
5. Write a concise annotation (150 words) for each resource that summarizes the central theme and
scope of the book, article, or document. Include one or more sentences that,
a) evaluates the authority or background of the author;
b) comments on the intended audience;
c) compares or contrasts the work with another you have cited; and
d) explains how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.
NOTE: Annotations vs. Abstracts
Abstracts are the purely descriptive summaries often found at the beginning of scholarly journal articles
or in periodical indexes. Annotations are descriptive and critical; they expose the author’s point of view,
clarity and appropriateness of expression, and authority. Abstracts will not be accepted for this
Select ONE of the following topics for all four (4) of your resources.
(Note: Other topics may be submitted to your instructor for prior approval.)
Arrest on Probable Cause
Pre-trial Release (Bail, Release on Recognizance, etc.)
The role of the Criminal Grand Jury
The “Insanity” Plea
The role of the Prosecutor
The role of the Defense Attorney
The American Jury Trial
The “CSI” effect
“Dueling” Expert Witnesses
The Victim’s Rights
The Criminal Appeal process
Alternatives to Incarceration
“Good Behavior Credits” in prison
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