Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-03-08
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Teaches research fundamentals with a grounded, real-world approach
Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Tenth Edition, teaches contemporary research methods using examples of real criminological and criminal justice studies to illustrate concepts and techniques. Hagan’s best-selling approach familiarizes students with examples of research in the field as they learn fundamental research skills. The text emphasizes sources and resources of classic and contemporary research in the field and helps students and professionals better understand the extensive diversity of research available and in progress in criminal justice. The logical organization carries students through the sequence of the research process, but is flexible enough to allow instructors to customize the text to suit their courses. The Tenth Edition brings the text up to date with the most recent developments and research in the field.

Author Biography

Frank E. Hagan, Ph.D., a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, is a professor of sociology and the author of seven books, including Introduction to Criminology (5th edition), and Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology (10th edition).

He is also the author or coauthor of many journal articles and articles in edited volumes. His major interests are research methods, criminology and organized crime, white collar crime and political crime and terrorism.


2004 - The Regional Fellows' Award and the Founders' Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

2000 - The Academy Fellows' Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

2006 - The Outstanding Teacher's Award from Mercyhurst University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods: Theory and Method

2. Ethics in Criminal Justice Research

3. Research Design: The Experimental Model and Its Variations

4. The Uniform Crime Reports and Sampling

5. Survey Research: Questionnaires

6. Survey Research: Interviews and Telephone Surveys

7. Participant Observation and Case Studies

8. Unobtrusive Measures, Secondary Analysis, and the Uses of Official Statistics

9. Validity, Reliability, and Triangulated Strategies

10. Scaling and Index Construction

11. Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research

12. Data Management: Coding, Tabulation and Simple Data Presentation

13. Data Analysis: A User’s Guide to Statistics

Appendix A: How to Write the Research Report

Appendix B: Table of Random Numbers

Appendix C: Distribution of Chi-Square

Appendix D: Answers to Pop Quizzes in Chapter 13

Final Quiz



Name Index

Subject Index

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