Higher Education

Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 7th Edition

  • Michael G. Maxfield John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Earl R. Babbie Chapman University, Berkeley
  • ISBN-10: 1285067843  |  ISBN-13: 9781285067841
  • 496 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2015 | Published
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About

Overview

Now with even more real-world examples throughout and comprehensive coverage of qualitative methods, the Seventh Edition of the market-leading RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY combines the scholarship, accuracy, and conversational tone of Earl Babbie's best-selling 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--and enhanced by new examples, research, applications, and built-in study tools--this edition continues its focus on getting students to DO research.

Features and Benefits

  • Chapter-opening numbered learning objectives are matched to end-of-chapter summary sections and linked to corresponding quiz items in Criminal Justice CourseMate (the book's website), the Instructor's Manual, and the Test Bank to provide students with maximum reinforcement of key concepts.
  • New examples from student research and published studies appear throughout the book. Mike Maxfield illustrates the rewards and challenges of research by using recent examples of his own students' research and as well as new examples from studies on human trafficking, how people form attitudes about sex offenders, and car theft.
  • A marginal glossary of key terms immediately reinforces student understanding.
  • A "Focus on Applied Research" feature throughout the book reflects today's greater emphasis on applied research, and emphasizes Maxfield and Babbie's main focus--getting your students to DO research.
  • A "Putting It All Together" section on racial profiling, "Driving While Black," appears in each chapter, enabling students to see how research unfolds. Each chapter's installment reinforces and applies that chapter's specific research methods and topics.

Table of Contents

1. Crime, Criminal Justice, and Scientific Inquiry.
2. Foundations of Criminal Justice Research.
3. Ethics and Criminal Justice Research.
4. General Issues in Research Design.
5. Concepts, Operationalization, and Measurement.
6. Measuring Crime.
7. Experimental and Quasi-experimental Designs.
8. Sampling.
9. Survey Research.
10. Qualitative Interviewing.
11. Field Research.
12. Agency Records, Content Analysis, and Secondary Data.
13. Evaluation Research and Problem Analysis.
14. Interpreting Data.

What's New

  • Each chapter now opens with a high-interest vignette that draws students into the material and illustrates the relevance of the upcoming chapter content.
  • An all-new chapter on qualitative interviewing (Chapter 10) plus additional discussion of other important qualitative research methods in Chapter 11 (on field research) addresses critical social science methodology with incomparable depth and breadth.
  • Thorough coverage of preparing a research proposal and conducting a literature review has been incorporated into Chapter 1 to better equip students for advanced study. An increased number of real-world examples and expanded coverage of the use of technology in research methods, including the use of social media, enhance the book's relevancy for today's students.

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Bundle: Text + Criminal Justice CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card

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ISBN-10:  1305611713  | ISBN-13:  9781305611719

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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285073398 | ISBN-13: 9781285073392)

This valuable resource enables you to prepare for class more quickly and effectively with such tools as detailed chapter outlines, learning objectives, key terms, discussion questions, chapter summaries, critical thinking activities, and even Internet assignments. Helping you easily create the exam you want, the thorough Test Bank provides questions--coded to chapter learning objectives--in multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer and essay formats. It also includes a complete answer key with relevant page numbers. The Test Bank has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage. Our Instructor Approved seal, which appears on the front cover, is our assurance that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1285073428 | ISBN-13: 9781285073422)

Outlining the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation, these handy Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides will help you make your lectures more engaging and reach your visually oriented students. The presentations are available for download on the password-protected website or upon request.

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285073479 | ISBN-13: 9781285073477)

Cengage Learning's Criminal Justice CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, quizzes, flashcards, videos, and more; and Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. The accompanying instructor website offers access to password-protected resources such as an electronic version of the instructor's manual and PowerPoint® slides.

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CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285073479 | ISBN-13: 9781285073477)

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The Careers in Criminal Justice Website offers extensive career profiling information and self-assessment testing is designed to help you investigate and focus on the criminal justice career choices. This resourceful website includes over 70 Career Profiles and more than 25 video interviews with links and tools to assist you in finding a professional position. It also features a career rolodex, interest assessments, and a career planner with sample résumés, letters, interview questions, and more.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael G. Maxfield

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 served as editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency from 2008–2016.

Earl R. Babbie

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.