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* Logical, step-by-step organization follows the stages of a research project
* Robust pedagogy includes chapter objectives, key terms, a running glossary, and chapter-ending discussion questions
Mark M. Lanier is Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama.
Lisa T. Briggs is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Western Carolina University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Research Methods: What Is It, And Why Do We Do It?
The History of Research
Good, Yet Critical, Science
Chapter 2: The "Stages" of Research: An Overview
Selecting a Topic
Identifying Research Questions
Finding Existing Research
Chapter 3: Research Ethics
Common Ethical Principles
Ethically Questionable Studies
Recent Requirements: The (Ever Increasing) Role of the IRB
Chapter 4: Validity, Reliability and Threats to Research Integrity
Validity and Reliability
Chapter 5: Qualitative Research Strategies
Historical Synopsis of Qualitative Research
Requisite Qualitative Research Tools
Chapter 6: Quantitative Research Designs
Components of an Experiment
Experimental, Quasi-Experimental and Pre-Experimental Designs
Other Quantitative Research Strategies
Chapter 7: Survey Research and Mixed Methods
Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 8: Sampling Strategies
Probability or Non-probability?
Chapter 9: Elementary Data Handling Part One: Univariate and Descriptive Statistics
Mixed Methods Evaluation
Chapter 10: Elementary Data Handling Part Two: Bivariate Statistics
Tests of Statistical Significance and Measures of Association
Measures of Difference
Chapter 11: Beyond Research: An Aid to Writing Success
Becoming a More Professional Writer
Writing Tip Summation