SOC 442: RIPA 2020 Report Subcommittee Research Assignment
For Dr. Glover's research assignment, students self-select into one of four RIPA board subcommittees as discussed in the 2020 RIPA Report, which include:
- Policies & Accountability, p.43-54;
- Calls For Service and Bias By Proxy, p.54-58;
- Civilian Complaints, p.58-67;
- POST Training, p.91-95.
Students design and propose an original research plan/idea (qualitative; quantitative; or mixed methods) about one specific “social problem” they identify in the 2020 RIPA Report subcommittee discussion they chose.
The research plan/idea must include:
- A specific research question;
- Literature review based on two scholarly articles and the student’s own sociological/criminological/justice studies knowledge (based on previous classes) to give the research question context – this discussion must signal and invoke advanced understanding of the components and process of research (inquiry, theory, literature review, methodology, results, ethical/social justice implications);
- Proposed methodology (qualitative; quantitative; or mixed methods).
As always, please consult with full assignment guidelines in Cougar Courses.
For students gathering background information and developing foundational knowledge on a research topic, longform journalism sources can be valuable for distilling critical ideas and formulating research questions.
Lengthier than your average newspaper article, longform journalism integrates various multimedia tools including video and interactive graphics and data to propel feature storytelling and engage readers. Longform tends to be substantive in content, underscoring immersion reporting, investigative techniques, and sustained narrative (Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications).
Longform Article Examples
These longform periodical titles are freely available on the Internet (limited article access) and via the CSUSM Library's databases.
The Economist (CSUSM Library) News and opinion on international politics, business, finance, science, and technology.
The Conversation Independent news source from the academic and research community curated for the general public. (Note: These are not peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles)
Epic Magazine Immersive narrative non-fiction articles.
Guernica Focuses on the intersection of art and politics. Content includes memoir, investigative reporting, commentary, and multimedia journalism that explores identity, conflict, culture, justice, science, and more.
JSTOR Daily Provides background information on a variety of topics in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Articles contextualize current events with academic scholarship. (Note: JSTOR Daily does not contain scholarly articles; you will find those in the JSTOR library database).
Longform Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's writing program, this site recommends new and classic non-fiction from around the web.
Longreads Gathers stories from all over the web and also produces original content which includes in-depth profiles and feature articles.
Mosaic Longform articles on science-related topics.
Pacific Standard Publishes investigative pieces focusing on social and environmental justice.
ProPublica Nonprofit newsroom producing investigative journalism pieces focusing on government and politics, business, criminal justice, the environment, education, healthcare, immigration, and technology.
The Verge Focuses on culture and technology.
Tips for Searching the Databases
Tips on searching the databases
Here are some general tips on searching for articles for your report:
|Use keywords, not long search phrases||
Instead of searching for "How is the stop-question-and-frisk policy considered to be a racial profiling practice?"break down your search into the main keywords:
racial profiling, law enforcement, zero-tolerance, systemic racism, stop and frisk
|Truncation broadens your keyword search to include various word endings and spellings. To use it, enter the root of a word and put the truncation (*) symbol at the end.||racis* = racist, racists, racism|
Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together
Use AND to combine different keywords
"system racism" AND "criminal procedure"
|Use OR to combine similar/associated keywords"||"racial profiling" or "racial discrimination"|
|Look for ways to limit your search in the database||You can often limit by type of article (scholarly and peer-reviewed), year of publication, subject|
Criminology & Justice Studies Databases
| Sociological Abstracts
Provides access to the latest international findings in theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and political science.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1963 to current||All|
| Social Services Abstracts
Abstracts of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1980 to current||All|
| Social Work Abstracts
This database provides access to social work and human services journals from 1965 to the present. Topics include addictions, therapy, child and family welfare, civil and legal rights, mental health, education, and human services.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1965 to current||Most|
Contains (EXCEPT for the latest five years) core scholarly journals in sociology, history, economics, political science, mathematics, African-American & Asian studies, literature, humanities, music, and biological, health & general sciences.
|Full-text||1838 to most recent five years||Most|
| WestlawNext Campus Research
This is a comprehensive database for news, business, and law-related information has been designed for students. It brings together news databases arranged geographically and topically; newswires as well as business, trade, and professional journals and publications; and law-related resources, including both primary law and analysis.
|Full-text||1789 to current||Some|
| Oxford University Press Journals
Provides access to the full text of approximately 168 scholarly journals in a variety of disciplines including life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and law.
|Full-text||1996 to current||All|
Available via EbscoHost: A comprehensive international database of psychology, covering the academic, research, and practice literature in psychology from over 45 countries in more than 30 languages.
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1887 to current||All|
| Academic Search Premier
This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1975 to current||Most|
| Sage Journals Online
Sage Journals Online includes over 460 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine.
|Full-text||current to current||All|
| Google Scholar CSUSM
Link to citations and full-text from your CSUSM Library databases and beyond!
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||current to current||All|
| CQ Researcher
Explores a single hot issue in the news in-depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology.
|Full-text||1991 to current||None|
| Women's Studies International
Includes over 204,000 records drawn from a variety of essential women's studies databases.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1972 to current||Most|
| Statistical Abstract of the United States (Proquest)
The Statistical Abstract of the United States (online edition) by Proquest is a one-volume, comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.
An important index to political, economic, and social issues in current debate.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1972 to current||All|
| Project Muse
Full-text coverage for hundreds of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics
|Full-text||1993 to current||All|
| Kanopy Video Library
Kanopy provides streaming on-demand access to thousands of documentaries, feature and independent films, and training videos. Licensing partners include Criterion Collection, Universal Paramount, The Great Courses, New Day Films, California Newsreel, PBS, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources, and others. Kanopy videos can be viewed on a range of devices and platforms including Apple, Android, and Windows.
| Public Policy Institute of California
This collection of California state policy, research and statistical reports covers subjects such as economic development, education, employment, environment, government/politics, health, housing, infrastructure (transportation, water, etc.), immigration.
|Full-text||1996 to current||Some|
| Making Of Modern Law US Digital Archive: Legal Treatises 1800-1926
Commentary on legal proceedings from Anglo-American sources for both legal experts and lay readers including: casebooks, practice manuals, pamphlets, letters, and speeches. Topics include domestic and international law, legal history, business and economics, politics and government, national defense, criminology, religion, education, labor and social welfare, and military justice.
|Full-text||1800 to 1926|
| Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926
Trial transcripts and commentary from the US, England and the British Commonwealth. English-language commentary on notable trials in additional nations are included. Selected for historical value, renown, or influence and covering a variety of topics including: adultery, commerce, criminal, constitutional law, domestic relations, elections, impeachment, international law, land, libel, military offenses, murder, slavery, and treason.
|Full-text||1600 to 1926|
| Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources
Over 300 years of legal primary sources, such as early U.S. state and municipal codes, significant constitutional conventions and debates, compilations, legal dictionaries, and materials from the American Colonial period. Note codes are subject-based and experienced continual revision, rather than being issued each year.
|Full-text||1620 to 1970|
| Military & Government Collection
Provides full text for hundreds of military related periodicals and general interest magazines.
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1975 to current||Some|
| Homeland Security Digital Library
The HSDL collection provides quick access to important U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents as well as specialized resources such as theses and reports from various universities, organizations and agencies.
|Full-text||current to current||Most|
| Duke University Press Journals
The e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collection includes online access to thirty Duke humanities and social science journals.
|Full-text||current to current||All|
| Ebook Central (formerly ebrary)
Ebook Central (formerly ebrary) provides authoritative, full-text e-books in a wide range of subject areas along with powerful tools to find, use, and manage the information.
| EBSCO eBook Collection
Access to a full text collection of over 4,000 e-book titles covering a wide-range of subject areas.
|Full-text||1850 to current||Most|
| Academic Complete eBooks
E-books in all academic subject areas.
Citing Your Sources
Here are some APA resources for you to consult; if you have specific questions about citation, please ask a librarian.
- In Text Citations by APA (Video)
- APA Formatting and Style Guide by Purdue Online Writing Lab (Comprehensive online guide with examples)
- APA Sample Paper by Purdue Online Writing Lab (PDF)
What is ASA style?
ASA stands for the American Sociological Association. It is the citation style used by many sociologists, and it is the style used in all ASA journals.
Official ASA Style Guide
This is the official ASA manual published by the American Sociological Society. The CSUSM Library currently offers copies of the 5th edition.
- Library copies (HM569 .A54 2014)
The CSUSM Library owns a copy of the official ASA Style Guide that you can consult in person. Click on the link to see where it is located.
- Quick Style Guide (ASA website)
Free PDF from the official ASA website, offering brief summary of ASA style and some sample citations.
Helpful Online Guides
- Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Examples of ASA-style citations from Purdue University's famous OWL website.
- CiteSource ASA (Trinity College)
Examples accompanied by helpful screenshots and pictures showing you how to locate the information you need to include in your citation.
- ASA Format (Cal State Los Angeles)
Guide to key components of an ASA-style paper, including example citations.