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Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology (8th Edition) [Hardcover]

Frank E. Hagan
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July 3, 2009 0135043883 978-0135043882 8
A classic in its field, this best-selling book teaches general research methods using standard and contemporary examples of criminal justice and criminology research. Featuring both qualitative and quantitative studies, the author helps students develop fundamental research skills and acquaints them with the literature of the field. This edition features updated tables, figures and examples and includes new information on prison research, Internet resources and visual criminology. Some of these examples include:
  • Discussion of Zimbardo’s “Lucifer effect”
  • Controversies related to The Minerva Consortium and The Human Terrain System
  • Steffensmeier and Ullmer’s Confessions of a Dying Thief
  • The Scarlet M in corrections research
  • Resolution in the Iowa “Monster study” and more!

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Classic in its field, this best-selling text teaches general research methods using standard and contemporary examples of both qualitative and quantitative research in criminal justice and criminology.

Frank Hagan uses criminological and criminal justice studies to illustrate research methods, so students can become familiar with examples of research in the field as well as learn fundamental research skills. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 8 edition (July 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0135043883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135043882
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent research book! March 24, 2008
Wow, this is an excellent book that demonstrates different types of research that is usable not only in Criminology but in any other subject. It is overviews important statistical research methods, which explained in clear and descriptive way. It also uses other interesting methods that used only in criminology. Overally there is the content in short:
Introduction to criminal justice research methods: theory and method;
a. scientific research;
b. Common sense method;
c. probabilistic nature;
d. qualitative and quantitative research;
e.language of research;
f.examples of research;
-general steps;
-problem formulation;
~all about ethics in criminal justice research;
-res des. in nutshell;
-experimental model;
-rival casual factors;
-internal factors;
-external factors;
-related rival casual factors;
-examples of experimental design;
~examples and explanations of all kinds of designs (over 8);
Data gathering strategies and special case of uniform crime reports
-social surveys;
-research using GIS;
crime index;
crime rate; (stopped on chapter 4.) a lot more following up-
ch5.Sampling and survey research-questionaries;
ch6.Interviews and telephone surveys
ch7. Participation observation and case studies;
ch8. Unobtrusive measures, secondary analysis and the uses of official statistics
ch9.Validity, realibility and triangulated strategies;
ch10. scaling and index construction;
ch11.Data analysis, data presentation;
ch12. data analysis- user guide to statistics;
ch13. policy analysis and evaluation research;
appendixes: how to write the research report, etc....

Overall- I am impressed by the amount of presented topics and quality of their description. Great book for the great value!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 10, 2010
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This book is very helpful to all undergraduates in the criminal justice field. After taking two courses in research methods and purchasing many different books, I have found this to be one of the most helpful text books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible book March 24, 2009
This book was nothing more than a culmination of other peoples research and investigations. It presented no new thoughts on the subject matter. Additionally, the presentation of the material was done in a completely vague manner that created more confusion than enlightenment on the subject.

Final assessment: I regret that it was required reading for my criminal justice cohort. There is simply no reason why a text book must be lame and drawn out to be considered academic material.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Edition September 27, 2012
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I entered the 8th edition when I was searching for the product. This result popped up with all the matched information about the book I needed, but upon receiving I wasnt able to use the book - wrong edition. I was sadly mistaken as the result didnt show edition number.
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