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Textbook Alexander, Michelle. 2012.The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. NY: The New Press. ISBN: 978-1-59558-643-8 6–8-page double-spaced paper in 12 point, Times New Roman Font. Provide Topic and Hypothesis

Each student is expected to write a research paper according to their approved research question and provide hypothesis regarding material covered in course readings. Your paper will go through Blackboard plagiarism examination and any main text (while references are normal since many others may cite the same articles you cite in yours) found plagiarized content is subjected to penalty. 2. Also, I want to make sure we are all on the same page by what is meant by scholarly or academic sources. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and mass media sources are not considered scholarly (excepting the Oxford English Dictionary [OED] and explicitly stated academic encyclopedias [not Wikipedia]). A scholarly source, either from an academic journal or an academic book press, goes through several layers of peer-review before publication. That is why peer-reviewed and scholarly are often used interchangeably with one another. You can access scholarly articles from academic journals through the library’s website. The easiest databases to use are JSTOR and EBSCO-Host. Make sure that your source is peer-reviewed or it will not count as an academic source. Since this is a graduate course in Criminal Justice, I want each of you to limit your searches for scholarly articles to either Criminal Justice or Sociology journals. You can limit your searches to only those types of journals by going to the advanced search option in the journal database you use. 3. FORMAT: Cover-page with all identifying information (Name, class title, assignment); a reference page with all source material- to be in an academic style of your choosing (you can pick between ASA, APA, or MLA styles, but your paper must use citations and references in an academic style—strictly enforced). One-inch margins should be set for every paper margin. The cover-page and reference page do not count as part of the total number of pages- you must write at least 6 full pages of text. FONT: Double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font.