Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology

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Cengage Learning, Jun 21, 2010 - Education - 512 pages
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Now even more accessible and student-friendly, the Sixth Edition of the market-leading RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY combines the scholarship, accuracy, and conversational tone of Earl Babbie’s bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH with Mike Maxfield’s expertise in criminology and criminal justice. Providing the most comprehensive, authoritative introduction to criminal justice research available today, this edition continues its focus on getting students to DO research and is enhanced by new examples, research, applications, and built-in study tools. Throughout the book, Maxfield illustrates the rewards and challenges of research using examples of his own students’ research as well as examples from recent published studies.
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This is a well written book. I clearly describes and illustrates research methods concepts. I'm currently using it with graduate students who had not previously taken research methods courses, and they are easily comprehending the information.


An Introduction to Criminal Justice Inquiry
Structuring Criminal Justice Inquiry
Modes of Observation
Application and Analysis
Name Index
Subject Index

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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 and THE BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

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