depositories of criminal justice

Module 2 Assignment: The Research Process, Part 2: Identifying Data and Measuring Variables

(20 points [5 points for the peer review and 15 points for the final paper] + a 5 point bonus)

Directions (Overview)

In this assignment, you will learn about the major depositories of criminal justice/criminological data sets in the U.S. and assess if data exist in the area of your research question.

Prior to starting the assignment, read Chapters 5 and 6 in Bachman and Schutt.



Step 1:


  1. Using the research question you developed previously [1.) Is alcohol a main factor/issue in college campus related violence? Or 2.) What is the correlation between alcohol and college campus related violence? ] find an existing data set that you could use to study it (through the NAJCD/ICPSR website).
    1. – dataset – Violent Victimization of College Students
    2. – dataset – Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013
    3. – Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014
    4. National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2011- pdf
  2. National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2013 – pdf


  1. After re-stating your research question for the reader, identify 5 variables that would be part of your research study and state how they are measured (operationalized) in that data set. Ideally, these are the same five variables from the first paper. Be specific: For each variable, explain the level of measurement, the values/categories, whether official, self-report data, etc.


  1. Clearly describe the data set (study name, number, abstract/description and actual/original names of variables as labeled by the original researchers). (Also provide a citation in the References.)


  1. Write this information up into a Microsoft-Word compatible paper following previous formatting instructions (your paper should be typed, paginated, and double-spaced using a standard APA font (Times New Roman) with one inch margins. Be sure to proofread your work. The quality of the writing will be judged in addition to the content.)


  1. Include the title of the assignment, your name, and the submission date on the paper.
  2. NOTE: For privacy purposes, the copy of the file that you post/provide for peer review should NOT contain your KS ID number on the title page.
  3. Name your file with your last name and the name of the assignment

Example:     Smith_Pat_IdentifyingDataandMeasuringVariables.doc(x)


Assignment Resources


The following link directs you to the NACJD ICPSR (National Archive of Criminal Justice Data) and BJS (Bureau of Justice Statistics) websites where you will explore, and find the necessary data for this assignment.  If you have difficulty accessing the sites with the links in this document, just copy and paste the URL into your browser.


          National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

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