Discussion: strategies for finding resources 8115

 Topic is:  Factors related to African American males being targets of police brutality at disproportionate rates 

By now, you may have a research topic in mind. Your topic must emphasize a social problem and your research must have implications for social change. Think about what is known in the field of public policy and administration and what you want to explore. Whether you have a topic yet or not, the literature search will help you to define and refine it. Finally, selecting a topic and conducting a literature review will give you the basis for drafting your Premise.

There is a multitude of research databases in the Walden Library. Some may be more useful than others for finding articles related to your Dissertation topic. Before you begin to search for articles, it is important to identify the databases that will be most useful. It also is important to use the best searching strategies. If you search using keywords that are too broad, you may be inundated with useless information. If you search using keywords that are too specific, you may miss articles that are pertinent to your Dissertation topic.
To prepare for this Discussion, review the Dissertation and Writing Resources in this week’s Learning Resources.

Your Week 1 Assignment was to describe your Dissertation topic and how you came to select it, what your interest is in studying it, the problem that makes it worth studying, and its significance. To prepare for this Discussion, use the Litmus Test listed in your Learning Resources to develop and revise your topic and problem statement you drafted in Week 1.


Post a response to the following:

  • Briefly describe your Dissertation topic and the problem statement that you have developed or revised from Week 1, together with its significance. Both your topic and the problem statement are required in your Premise.
  • Describe how you will use the Walden’s Doctoral Capstone Resources located in this Week’s Resources throughout the Dissertation process.

wk 1 assignment is attached

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.


Required Readings

Criminal Justice

Maxfield, M., & Babbie, E. (2018). Research methods for criminal justice and criminology (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Chapter 1, “Crime, Criminal Justice and Scientific Inquiry”
Chapter 2, “Foundations of Criminal Justice Research”


Rudestam, K. E., & Newton, R. R. (2015). Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. ISBN: 978-1-4522-6097-6
Chapter 2, “Selecting a Suitable Topic” (pp. 9–26)
Chapter 4, “Literature Review and Statement of the Problem” (pp. 69–97)
Chapter 10, “Writing” (pp. 259–279)

Cassuto, L. (2011, September 11). Demystifying the dissertation proposal. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Pemberton, C. L. A. (2012). A “how-to” guide for the education thesis/dissertation process. Kappa Delta Pi Record48, 82–86.

Reis, R. M. (1999, November 19). Choosing a research topic. The Chronicle of Higher Education.The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Useem, B. (1997). Choosing a dissertation topic. PS: Political Science & Politics, 30(2), 213–216.

Walden University, Center for Research Quality. (n.d.-c). Ph.D. dissertation process and documents. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/researchcenter/osra/phd
Dissertation Premise Guide
Dissertation Prospectus Guide
Dissertation Prospectus Rubric
Dissertation Student Process Worksheet

Walden University, Doctoral Capstone Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/doctoralcapstoneresources

Rice, J., & Simon, M. K. (n.d.). Choosing your research method in a nutshell. Retrieved from http://Dissertationrecipes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Choosing-Your-Research-Method-in-a-Nutshell1.pdf

Simon, M. K. (n.d.). The problem statement. Retrieved from http://dissertationrecipes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Problem-Statement-Checklist.pdf

Cassuto, L. (2011, September 11). Demystifying the dissertation proposal.  The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/Demystifying-the-Dissertation/128916/

Walden University (n.d.).Theories & Theorists for Criminal Justice & Security: Criminal Justice & Security Theories. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/crjstheory/theories



Yob, I. M. (2010). Writing an annotated bibliography. In A guide to the knowledge area modules: Making the KAMs work for you (pp. 25–26). Minneapolis, MN: Walden University. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/assignments/literaturereview

Yob, I. M. (2010). Writing an annotated bibliography. In A guide to the knowledge area modules: Making the KAMs work for you (pp. 25–26). Minneapolis, MN: Walden University. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/assignments/literaturereview

Walden University, Online Writing Center. (n.d.-e). Literature reviews: Your literature review. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/literaturereview

Walden University. (n.d.-c). Library webinar archives. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/webinararchives/libraryskillswebinars
Brainstorming Search Terms
Evaluating Online Resources
Google Scholar for Scholarly Research
Library Tips for the Literature Review
Searching Strategies
Zotero Reference Manager

Walden University, Online Writing Center. (n.d.-f). Writing Center home page. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/home

Walden University, Online Writing Center. (n.d.-e). Scholarly writing. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/scholarly

Walden University Library. (n.d.-f). Publication comparison chart: Publications. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/peerreviewvsscholarly

Walden University Library. (n.d.-g)  PPPA recommended databases and PPPA suggested resources. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/policyadministrationresearch

Walden University Library. (n.d.). PPPA 8115 Writing a Quality Prospectus: Welcome and course readings. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/pppa8115

Walden University Library. (n.d.-b). Evaluating resources: Resource types. Retrieved from hhttp://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/evaluating

Walden University, Online Writing Center. (n.d.-b). Basics of annotated bibliography. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/assignments/annotatedbibliographies

Walden University Library. (n.d.-d). Literature review: Sample search log: Library search log. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/searchlog

Walden University, Center for Research Quality. (n.d.-f). Research resources. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/researchcenter/resources/planning
Research Planning and Writing Litmus Test

To access the Research Planning and Writing Litmus Test, click on “Research Planning and Writing,” then click on “Research Planning.” Click on “Litmus Test” to download the Word document.

Simon, M. K. (2011c). Writing an annotated bibliographyIn Dissertation and scholarly research: Recipes for success (pp. 1–3). Retrieved from http://Dissertationrecipes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/annotatedbibexplainedrevised.pdf  

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