Assignment Instructions: Research Paper Students will write a scholarly paper critically evaluating one of the following topics: This assignment is to write a scholarly research paper that is to be based on a forensic discipline or new forensic field that is using fairly new technology to investigate crime. Some examples would be: Computer Forensics Forensic Nursing Serology/Biology (CODIS database) Fingerprint Analysis (AFIS and IAFIS database) Touch DNA Analysis Ballistics (NIBIN database) Digital Photography Video Analysis The paper MUST be in APA format and the body of the paper is to be 10 pages in length. The body of the paper does NOT include the title page or references. A minimum of 7-8 scholarly peer reviewed sources should be used. Be aware that this is the minimum and a typical research paper should extend beyond the minimum. Reference lists from texts and articles related to topic of the Research Review Paper are good sources for references. Use of newspapers, news magazines, and similar periodicals must be kept to a minimum, and will be acceptable only as sources for supplementary information. References like “Wikipedia,” “Psychology Today,” and “Court TV” are NOT primary sources, are not peer reviewed (reviewed for empirical integrity, accuracy, and authenticity), and are NOT appropriate references for scholarly writing (with the possible exception of use for anecdotal background information). This Research Paper will demonstrate the student’s ability to research and reason, incorporating the cognitive skills of analysis, synthesis, evaluation, defense of logic, and conclusions. Be aware that papers must be original and not written and submitted for any other course. Use the APUS library or search engines such as Google Scholar to find 7-8, peer-reviewed articles that cover your chosen topic from the list above. Again, you are REQUIRED to use scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, in-text citations, and provide a reference page for this paper. Keep in mind that this is the minimum. A good quality research paper usually contains in excess of 10. IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you have submitted the assignment it is automatically run through Turnitin.com (plagiarism checker). You MUST be below a 20% match to other sources. ************************************************ Any of the above topics will work, the writer of this essay should have at least some background in forensics or criminal justice at a minimum. The following websites could serve as sources of info/references www.fbi.gov www.ncjrs.gov www.nist.gov www.nij.gov www.dhs.gov/ www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ These sites can be used to find information: www.proquest.com/ www-taylorfrancis-com.ezproxy2.apus.edu/

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