Academic Journal Observations
For this activity, you will need a variety of journals in your field. Please use the Capella library to locate your journal articles. You can use the Topic Guides to find professional collections, journal links, and search techniques for your own specialization or program.
PROGRAM: CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Once you have located several peer-reviewed articles from journals in your field, select three of them to concentrate on for this activity. Do not, at this time, spend a lot of time reading the articles. Instead, read the abstracts, conclusions and discussions, and a selection of paragraphs from the journals.
As you read, make notes about the style of writing. Is it formal? Is it a narrative? What is the purpose of the text? Who seems to be the audience? How is APA used? How are ideas presented in the text? How long are the paragraphs?
Finally, review the notes that you have made on your journal observations. In a short 1–2 page essay, define and describe the writing in the journals. Examine the structure of your field’s publications and analyze the writing in the journals in connection with your writing in the classroom.