Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology

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Cengage Learning, Aug 1, 2008 - Social Science - 360 pages
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A brief text based on Maxfield/Babbie's best-selling, RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY, Fifth Edition, this basics edition combines accessibility and a conversational writing style with Michael G. Maxfield's expertise in criminology and criminal justice. In fewer than 400 pages, the text introduces students to the basics of criminal justice research utilizing real data and featuring coverage of such key issues as ethics, causation, validity, field research, and research design.
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Contents

An Introduction to Criminal Justice Inquiry
1
Structuring Criminal Justice Inquiry
49
Modes of Observation
139
Application and Analysis
253
Glossary
313
References
321
Name Index
332
Subject Index
334
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About the author (2008)

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 bestseller THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

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