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Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology 5th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0495094765
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About the Author

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 is editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 5 edition (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495094765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495094760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Face it: most college students do not read every single word and page in a textbook.

With such a complex class, I would say this textbook did a fairly good job in providing brief but understandable material. Granted, it might not be the best of methods, but it allows the reader to skim through some parts and read the ever so useful "Main Points" at the end of every chapter. Then, for a fast paced student like me with so many classes, I could just read back on the pages I NEED to read to understand certain concepts.

Have fun researching!
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This book discusses methods of researching. Some of the techniques of a good research should include methods like attributes, qualitative and quantitative measures. This book can be a little confusing if you are not familiar with this type of research.
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This book definitely comes in handy and it was a good price considering how expensive it is on other sites and the school. However, it is far from new. There's writing (notes) on the last few pages of the book that you cannot miss. Things are highlighted in the book and from the first view of the book the cover clearly shows that IT IS NOT NEW OR EVEN FAIRLY NEW! If it is not new it goes under the used books list period. I wiped the cover and the top and bottom part of the book off with sanitizing cloths because I do not buy used books and I am very picky about touching them when you can tell first hand that it has been used.
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By AngieB on August 29, 2011
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I just want to thank Amazon for quickly and promptly getting this item to me just in time for my Graduate classes. The book arrived on time...when it was suppose to. I received an A in this class. Thanks again, Amazon.
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I had to use this textbook for a criminal justice research class. I found it to be poorly written and extremely dry. Granted, research methods aren't exactly the most interesting topic in the world, but in my opinion this book not only fails to adequately discuss the topics it presents, it poorly presents them. Complex concepts are not fleshed out enough and multiple topics are fired at you like the book is a machine gun. The problem is, they're all similar and tend to run together due to the lack of definitive discussion on each. Unfortunately, this may be the worst textbook that I have ever had to use.
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By Steven K on December 12, 2012
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Not much to say other than this was the book that my instructor had required for class. It was in great condition and beats the campus bookstore price.
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The book was very resourceful and infor graphic. A must have to reference for CJ majors and Political Science and Legal majors alike.
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