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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.
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 (booknews.com)
Michael G. Maxfield is a professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 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. Professor Maxfield is the editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency and serves on the editorial boards of both the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and Criminal Justice: The International Journal of Policy and Practice.
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 bestseller, THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH (Cengage).