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Criminological Research

Criminological Research
A Student’s Guide

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392 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What can we learn from other people’s research and how is it relevant to a student who wants to do their own research project with limited time and resources?  These are the questions addressed by this book.  Key features include:

  • A comprehensive discussion of the research process, from first working out your research question to writing about your results
  • Criminological examples throughout
  • A summary in every chapter of the important points to consider when conducting your own research and when reading about the research written by others
  • ‘What is the mistake?’ exercises to help you to avoid some of the most common errors in research
  • Suggestions of the choices that are most likely to be practical for students

If you are a student who has been set a research methods assignment, or are planning you first research project, this book has been written for you.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Part 1
Chapter 2: Key Methodological Approaches
Chapter 3: Conducting a Literature Review
Chapter 4: Identifying a Research Questions
Chapter 5: Research Designs
Chapter 6: Ethical Issues
Chapter 7: Populations and Samples
Part 2: Data Collection
Chapter 8: Collecting Data Through Surveys
Chapter 9: Qualitative Methods of Data Collection
Chapter 10: Alternatives to Empirical Data Collection
Part 3: Data Analysis and Producing Your Output
Chapter 11: Quantitative Data Analysis
Chapter 12: Qualitative Data Analysis
Chapter 13: Writing About Research
Chapter 14: Epilogue

Jamie Harding

Jamie Harding received his PhD from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.  He has been employed at Northumbria University since 1995, first as a lecturer in Housing Studies and more recently as a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods in the Department of Social Sciences.  Before moving into higher education he worked for a number of social housing organisations. Jamie’s main area of interest is qualitative and quantitative research methods, which he teaches at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.  He also lectures on criminal justice – an area where he has edited a... More About Author