Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology is a core text for criminology and criminal justice research methods courses. It strives to offer a general foundation of knowledge that transcends particular topics or subject areas, allowing students to apply research methods and concepts to a multitude of scenarios. Even though the textbook has been written primarily for criminal justice and criminology majors, there is an underlying recognition that research methods and findings are common among all of the social sciences. This text has been designed to be user-friendly, even when dealing with some fairly complex statistical and theoretical concepts. The most critical points are clearly stated and illustrated with examples chosen to be interesting in their own right.

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Editorial Reviews

Chris Gibson
Using an excellent blend of methods, statistics, and theory, the Ellis, Hartley, and Walsh research methods book is a remarkable text that will definitely be valuable to beginning and advanced researchers. I applaud them for their ability to successfully apply research methods to real-world problems, while at the same time use research examples from a vast array of academic disciplines and topics worldwide. Their book should certainly be one that research methods instructors should consider adopting so that students have an all-encompassing methods experience!
Kevin M. Beaver
Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology takes a subject matter that most students find inherently boring and makes it engaging, interesting, and inspiring. Their use of interdisciplinary examples puts a fresh spin on the standard cookie-cutter examples typically used in the explanation of research methods. Ellis, Hartley, and Walsh have created a book that explains difficult and complex material in a way that is easy to comprehend. I recommend this book to all students learning about research methods and to all professors who are teaching this challenging topic.
Ling Ren
The authors offer an interdisciplinary approach of research that anchors on a broader spectrum of interests in methodology than most textbooks. Instead of solely focusing on criminal justice research, this book introduces the major social/behavioral science disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, and their relationship with criminal justice and criminology. I think it is a smart and thoughtful approach given the facts that majorities of research methods applied in CJ are borrowed from those closely related disciplines and I have no doubt that they will have continuing influence in CJ research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742564411
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 802,665
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Ellis is professor of sociology at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is also affiliated with Minot State University in the United States. Richard D. Hartley is assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Texas at San Antonio. Anthony Walsh is professor of criminal justice at Boise State.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 PART I: GETTING STARTED Chapter 2 Chapter 1 - The Scientific Method and Criminal Justice as a Social Sciences Chapter 3 Chapter 2 - Formulating Scientific Questions and Locating Background Research Chapter 4 PART II: THE IMPORTANCE OF STATISTICS Chapter 5 Chapter 3 - Univariate Statistics and the Concept of Statistical Significance Chapter 6 Chapter 4 - Bi/Multivariate Statistics: The Concept of Correlation Chapter 7 PART III: DOCUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT Chapter 9 Chapter 5 - Research Report Structure and Styles for Citing and Referencing Chapter 10 Chapter 6 - The Concepts of Reliability, Validity, and Precision in Measurement Chapter 11 PART IV: TYPES OF SOCIAL SCIENCE DATA Chapter 12 Chapter 7 - Data Based on Self-Reports: Guidelines for Constructing Questionnaires Chapter 13 Chapter 8 - Direct Observations: Qualitative and Quantitative Data Chapter 14 Chapter 9 - Archival Data Analysis and Meta-Analysis Chapter 15 Chapter 10 - Measuring Crime and Criminality Chapter 16 PART V: SELECTING THOSE TO BE STUDIED Chapter 17 Chapter 11 - Surveying and Sampling Chapter 18 Chapter 12 - The Human Side of Sampling and the Reliability of Self-Reports Chapter 19 PART VI: PROBING FOR CAUSAL EXPLANATIONS Chapter 20 Chapter 13 - Theories, Models, Hypotheses, and Empirical Reality Chapter 21 Chapter 14 - Controlled Experimentation Chapter 23 Chapter 15 - Quasi-Experimentation Chapter 24 PART VII: AVOIDING HARM AND DOING GOOD 25 Chapter 16 - Ethical Issues in the Social Sciences 25 Chapter 17 - Evaluation and Other Applied Research Chapter 26 Chapter 18 - Epilogue

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