Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology / Edition 5

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Filled with practical, example-filled discussions and applications, drawn from various facets of criminal justice research, this text gives students of criminal justice and criminology an exceptionally clear understanding of how social science research methods apply to them.
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An introductory text for undergraduate criminology students focusing on how to apply social science research methods to the study of crime and criminal justice policy. Chapters are organized into four parts: an introduction to criminal justice inquiry; structuring criminal justice inquiry; modes of observation; and application and analysis. A running example based on crime in New York City has been introduced in each chapter. An interactive CD-ROM includes electronic appendices linked to criminal justice Web sites and a selection of practice data sets. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495094760
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,340,543
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael G. Maxfield is Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College, City University of New York. He is the author of numerous articles and books on a variety of topics, including victimization, policing, homicide, community corrections, and long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect. Working with students and colleagues at the John Jay College Research and Evaluation Center, Professor Maxfield developed the evidence generation approach to applied justice research. He is editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

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Table of Contents

1 Crime, Criminal Justice, and Scientific Inquiry 2
2 Theory and Criminal Justice Research 24
3 Causation and Validity 44
4 General Issues in Research Design 68
5 Concepts, Operationalization, and Measurement 93
6 Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs 121
7 Ethics and Criminal Justice Research 151
8 Overview of Data Collections and Sampling 172
9 Asking Questions: Survey Research 211
10 Field Research 242
11 Agency Records, Content Analysis, and Secondary Data 269
12 Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis 300
13 Interpreting Data 333
14 Pulling It All Together: Annotated Examples 371
App. A: Using the Library: Traditional and Computer-Based Information Sources A2
App. B: National Criminal Justice Reference Service A12
App. C: The Research Report A16
App. D: Sources of Secondary Data A23
App. E: Distribution of Chi Square A28
Glossary G1
References R1
Index I1
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