Formerly a Nelson Hall title, this comprehensive introduction to the basics of criminal justice research introduces simple research methodologies and gradually advances to more complicated ones. The book describes elementary descriptive and inferential statistics, demonstrates research techniques, and examines the various scientific perspectives used in research today. This approach encourages readers to think critically about the research they will encounter in their studies as well as think about ways they can conduct their own research.
New edition of a text in which Fitzgerald (Knox College) and Cox (Western Illinois U.) discuss research methodology, design, tools and techniques; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; common errors in presenting and interpreting findings; preparing and reading reports; and the use of computers. New material includes current research and excerpted articles; a review of postmodernist, deconstructionist, feminist, and critical theorist critiques of science; updated information on language types, internal and external validity, telephone and Internet surveys, and predictive research; a comparison of qualitative and quantitative approaches; and the uses of the Web as a research resource. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)