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Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology 8th Edition

Michael G. Maxfield, Earl R. Babbie

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  • Previous Editions 2015, 2011, 2008
  • 496 Pages
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Featuring real-world examples throughout and comprehensive coverage of quantitative and qualitative methods, 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 -- the eighth edition continues its focus on getting students to DO research. Updates include the latest techniques and technologies for sampling and surveys as well as current methods in content analysis and secondary data analysis. What’s more, the MindTap® that accompanies this text helps students practice and master techniques and key concepts while engaging them with career-based decision-making scenarios, visual summaries, and more.

Michael G. Maxfield, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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, Chapman University, Berkeley

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.
  • Updated material on sampling (Chapter 8) and surveys (Chapter 9) reflects new technologies and techniques.
  • Chapter 12 presents updated content analysis methods.
  • Additional examples of surveys and secondary data analysis drawing on student research.
  • The new edition introduces evidence generation (involving collaboration with community-based organizations in New York City) as an example of applied research.
  • Topics of new boxed features include mixed field methods, respondent-driven sampling, and participatory crime analysis in South Africa.
  • The new MindTap® for the text offers customizable content, course analytics, an e-reader, and an applied learning experience -- all within your current learning management system. MindTap® prepares students to make the kinds of reasoned, real-world decisions they will need to make as future professionals. With its rich array of assets -- all of which are tagged by learning objective and Bloom's Taxonomy level -- MindTap® is perfectly suited for today's Criminal Justice students, engaging them, guiding them toward mastery of basic concepts, and advancing their critical thinking abilities.
  • 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.
  • Chapter-opening numbered learning objectives are matched to end-of-chapter summary sections and linked to corresponding quiz items in MindTap® for Criminal Justice, the Instructor's Manual, and the Test Bank to provide students with maximum reinforcement of key concepts.
  • 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 as well as new examples from studies on human trafficking, applied research, cannabis cultivation, violence prevention, and car theft.
  • A marginal glossary of key terms immediately reinforces student understanding.
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.
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Online Test Bank (with Microsoft Word)

ISBN: 9781337092401
Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions -- most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text.

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781337092289
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

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ISBN: 9781337092296
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

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Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.