The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Author: Ronet D. Bachman,Russell K. Schutt

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506306837

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

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The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sixth Edition continues to demonstrate the vital role research plays by integrating in-depth, real-world case studies with a comprehensive discussion of research methods. By pairing research techniques with practical examples from the field, Ronet D. Bachman and Russell K. Schutt equip students to evaluate and conduct research. Covering research findings from critical areas in criminal justice, such as police use of force, cybercrime, and race, this text helps students understand the importance of research, not just the process. The Sixth Edition of this best-selling text retains the strengths of previous editions while breaking ground with emergent research methods, enhanced tools for learning in the text and online, and contemporary, fascinating research findings. Students engage with the wide realm of new research methods available to them, delve deeper into topics relevant to their field of study, and benefit from the wide variety of new exercises to help them practice as they learn.
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Statistics for Criminal Justice and Criminology in Practice and Research

An Introduction

Author: Jack Fitzgerald,Jerry Fitzgerald

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412993687

Category: Mathematics

Page: 608

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Statistics for Criminal Justice and Criminology in Practice and Research—by Jack Fitzgerald and Jerry Fitzgerald—is an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the study of basic statistics for students pursuing careers as practitioners or researchers in both Criminal Justice and Criminology programs. This student-friendly text shows how to calculate a variety of descriptive and inferential statistics, recognize which statistics are appropriate for particular data analysis situations, and perform hypothesis tests using inferential statistics. But it is much more than a “cook book.” It encourages readers to think critically about the strengths and limitations of the statistics they are calculating, as well as how they may be misapplied and misleading. Examples of statistics and statistical analyses are drawn from the worlds of the practitioner as well as the policymaker and researcher. Students will also gain a clear understanding of major ethical issues in conducting statistical analyses and reporting results, as well as insight into the realities of the life of researchers and practitioners as they use statistics and statistical analyses in their day-to-day activities.
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Survey Research Methods

Author: Floyd J Fowler, Jr

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483323595

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

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The Fifth Edition of Floyd J. Fowler Jr.’s bestselling Survey Research Methods presents the very latest methodological knowledge on surveys. Offering a sound basis for evaluating how each aspect of a survey can affect its precision, accuracy, and credibility, the book guides readers through each step of the survey research process. This fully updated edition addresses the growth of the Internet for data collection and the subsequent rapid expansion of online survey usage, the precipitous drop in response rates for telephone surveys, the continued improvement in techniques for pre-survey evaluation of questions, and the growing role of individual cell phones in addition to—and often instead of—household landlines. Throughout the book, the author puts the profound changes taking place in the survey research world today into perspective, helping researchers learn how to best use new and traditional options for collecting data.
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A Simple Guide to IBM SPSS Statistics - version 23.0

Author: Lee A. Kirkpatrick

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1337000116

Category: Education

Page: 128

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Completely up to date and extremely student friendly, A SIMPLE GUIDE TO IBM SPSS: FOR VERSION 23.0, Fourteenth Edition, equips you with everything you need to know about the newest version of SPSS for Windows so you can effectively use the program in your statistics class. The guide's straightforward style frees you to concentrate on learning basic statistical concepts, while still developing familiarity with SPSS. It's clear, step-by-step instruction quickly gets you up to speed, enabling you to confidently use SPSS to do homework problems and conduct statistical analyses for research projects. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Author: Jacinta M. Gau

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506391761

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

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An Introduction to Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice, Third Edition demonstrates how statistics is relevant to your life and future career by illustrating the logical connections between basic statistical concepts and their real-world implications in criminology and criminal justice. Written for students with a limited mathematical background, author Jacinta Gau eases any anxiety around statistics by simplifying the overarching goal of each statistical technique and providing step-by-step instructions for working through the formulas and numbers. You will use real data from the field to build a foundational knowledge of statistics, rather than merely memorizing key terms or formulas. New to the Third Edition NEW Thinking Critically feature encourages you to apply the concepts from the chapter to real-life scenarios, with open-ended questions that are designed to inspire you to think about the nuances of science, statistics, and their application to criminal justice. Additional illustrations and examples in every chapter keep you engaged with the content and offer ample opportunities for you to practice the techniques. New and updated data sets from a wide range of relevant sources, such as the NCVS and UCR, BJS, LEMAS, the Census of Jails, and much more have been incorporated to give you insights into the state of criminal justice research today. New research on critical topics encourages you to discuss changes happening in the field such as the Census of Jails, inmate-on-staff assaults in prisons, and homicide rates. Practicing Statistics Whiteboard Videos, available in SAGE edge, walk you through statistical calculations to reinforce key concepts.
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Rural Criminology

Author: Joseph F Donnermeyer,Walter DeKeseredy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136207600

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Rural crime is a fast growing area of interest among scholars in criminology. From studies of agricultural crime in Australia, to violence against women in Appalachia America, to poaching in Uganda, to land theft in Brazil -- the criminology community has come to recognize that crime manifests itself in rural localities in ways that both conform to and challenge conventional theory and research. For the first time, Rural Criminology brings together contemporary research and conceptual considerations to synthesize rural crime studies from a critical perspective. This book dispels four rural crime myths, challenging conventional criminological theories about crime in general. It also examines both the historical development of rural crime scholarship, recent research and conceptual developments. The third chapter recreates the critical in the rural criminology literature through discussions of three important topics: community characteristics and rural crime, drug use, production and trafficking in the rural context, and agricultural crime. Never before has rural crime been examined comprehensively, using any kind of theoretical approach, whether critical or otherwise. Rural Criminology does both, pulling together in one short volume the diverse array of empirical research under the theoretical umbrella of a critical perspective. This book will be of interest to those studying or researching in the fields of rural crime, critical criminology and sociology.
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IBM SPSS by Example

A Practical Guide to Statistical Data Analysis

Author: Alan C. Elliott,Wayne A. Woodward

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483319040

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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The updated Second Edition of Alan C. Elliott and Wayne A. Woodward’s “cut to the chase” IBM SPSS guide quickly explains the when, where, and how of statistical data analysis as it is used for real-world decision making in a wide variety of disciplines. This one-stop reference provides succinct guidelines for performing an analysis using SPSS software, avoiding pitfalls, interpreting results, and reporting outcomes. Written from a practical perspective, IBM SPSS by Example, Second Edition provides a wealth of information—from assumptions and design to computation, interpretation, and presentation of results—to help users save time, money, and frustration.
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Predictive Policing

The Role of Crime Forecasting in Law Enforcement Operations

Author: Walt L. Perry

Publisher: Rand Corporation

ISBN: 0833081551

Category: Computers

Page: 186

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Predictive policing is the use of analytical techniques to identify targets for police intervention with the goal of preventing crime, solving past crimes, or identifying potential offenders and victims. These tools are not a substitute for integrated approaches to policing, nor are they a crystal ball. This guide assesses some of the most promising technical tools and tactical approaches for acting on predictions in an effective way.
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Crime, Justice, and Society

An Introduction to Criminology

Author: Ronald J. Berger,Marvin D. Free,Patrick K. O'Brien

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781626372252

Category: Crime

Page: 471

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¿The best introduction to criminology on the market by far.¿ ¿Erik D. Fritsvold, University of San Diego Now fully revised, Crime, Justice, and Society is designed not only to introduce students to the core issues of criminology, but also to help them think critically about often-sensationalized topics. Features of the 4th edition include: A student-friendly, streamlined organization; Firsthand perspectives from offenders, victims, and criminal justice professionals; Expanded coverage of white-collar and government crime; A focus on the dynamics of race, class, and ethnicity; A chapter on drug-related crime and antidrug laws; Discussion of topics in the news: marijuana laws, sex trafficking, stand-your-ground policies, and more. This new edition of a now-classic text¿both accessible and sophisticated¿will be welcomed by students and instructors alike.
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Practical Statistics

A Quick and Easy Guide to IBM® SPSS® Statistics, STATA, and Other Statistical Software

Author: David Kremelberg

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 150631791X

Category: Social Science

Page: 528

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Making statistics—and statistical software—accessible and rewarding This book provides readers with step-by-step guidance on running a wide variety of statistical analyses in IBM® SPSS® Statistics, Stata, and other programs. Author David Kremelberg begins his user-friendly text by covering charts and graphs through regression, time-series analysis, and factor analysis. He provides a background of the method, then explains how to run these tests in IBM SPSS and Stata. He then progresses to more advanced kinds of statistics such as HLM and SEM, where he describes the tests and explains how to run these tests in their appropriate software including HLM and AMOS. This is an invaluable guide for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students across the social and behavioral sciences who need assistance in understanding the various statistical packages.
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Interpreting Quantitative Data with SPSS

Author: Rachad Antonius

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761973997

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

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This is a textbook for introductory courses in quantitative research methods across the social sciences. It offers a detailed explanation of introductory statistical techniques and presents an overview of the contexts in which they should be applied.
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Crime and Justice at the Millennium

Essays by and in Honor of Marvin E. Wolfgang

Author: Robert A. Silverman,Terence P. Thornberry,Bernard Cohen,Barry Krisberg

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475748833

Category: Social Science

Page: 404

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Ira Lipman Marvin Wolfgang was the greatest criminologist in the United States of America in the last half of the 20th century, if not the entire century. We first met on March 3, 1977, in Philadelphia. I sought him out after his work with Edwin Newman's NBC Reports: Violence in America. He was a tender, loving, caring individual who loved excellence-whether it be an intellectual challenge, the arts or any other pursuit. It is a great privilege to take part in honoring Marvin Wolfgang, a great American. Our approaches to the subject of crime came from different perspectives one as a researcher and the other as the founder of one of the world's largest security services companies. We both wanted to understand the causes of crime, and our discussions began a more than 21-year friendship, based on mutual respect and shared values. Dr. Wolfgang's scholarship aimed for the goal of promoting a safer, more prosperous society, one in which economic opportunity replaced criminal enterprise. He never saw crime in isolation but as part of a complex web of social relations. Only by understanding the causes and patterns of crime can society find ways to prevent it. Only through scholarship can the criminal justice community influence policy makers. To encourage the innovative scholarship that marked Marvin's career, Guardsmark established the Lipman Criminology Library at the University of Pennsylvania, at his request, and created a national criminology award in his name, the Wolfgang Award for Distinguished Achievement in Criminology.
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Elementary Statistics in Social Research, Books a la Carte

Author: Jack Levin,James Alan Fox,David Forde

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780134427768

Category: Social sciences

Page: 608

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For courses in Statistics for Social Workers An introduction to statistics in the social sciences that balances theory and practice Elementary Statistics in Social Research provides a balanced overview of statistical analysis in the social sciences, providing coverage of both theoretical concepts and step-by-step computational techniques. Throughout this best-selling text, authors Jack Levin, James Alan Fox, and David Forde make statistics accessible to all readers, particularly those without a strong background in mathematics. Throughout the Twelfth Edition, detailed, step-by-step illustrations of statistical procedures help students to better grasp key concepts. NOTE: This ISBN is for a Pearson Books a la Carte edition: a convenient, three-hole-punched, loose-leaf text. In addition to the flexibility offered by this format, Books a la Carte editions offer students great value, as they cost significantly less than a bound textbook. Elementary Statistics in Social Research, Twelfth Edition is also available via REVEL(tm), an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience.
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SPSS for Social Scientists

Author: Ciaran Acton,Robert Miller,John Maltby,Ms Deirdre Fullerton

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137266287

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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SPSS for Social Scientists 2e provides the novice researcher with a step-by-step guide to SPSS – easily the most widely used data analysis package in the social sciences. Written in a clear and non-technical style, the book gives practical guidance that gradually builds up the reader's knowledge, understanding and confidence. Beginning with an overview of quantitative research and introducing the basics of the SPSS package, the book is then split into 'modules' that explain major procedures in SPSS up to Version 17 and beyond. Each module is packed with step-by-step worked examples that provide supportive and structured advice on inputting data, creating graphical presentations and analysing results. With specific guidance on how to manage the exploration, manipulation and transformation of data, the workbook also takes the reader through key statistical techniques, from t-test and cross-tabulation analysis through multiple response analysis and data reduction to multivariate techniques such as loglinear analysis and logistic regression. This new edition is accompanied by a collection of rich and versatile datasets drawn from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), which offers a huge variety of international social science data from over 30 countries. Download datasets by clicking on the link 'Datasets for all nations' under 'Downloads' below and you're ready to go. Whether you're a student or a researcher looking to upgrade your skills, this accessible text brings statistical analysis with SPSS to life in a practical and meaningful way.
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The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology

Author: Jennifer M. Brown,Elizabeth A. Campbell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139489453

Category: Psychology

Page: N.A

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Forensic psychology has developed and extended from an original, narrow focus on presenting evidence to the courts to a wider application across the whole span of civil and criminal justice, which includes dealing with suspects, offenders, victims, witnesses, defendants, litigants and justice professionals. This Handbook provides an encyclopedic-style source regarding the major concerns in forensic psychology. It is an invaluable reference text for practitioners within community, special hospital, secure unit, prison, probation and law enforcement forensic settings, as well as being appropriate for trainees and students in these areas. It will also serve as a companion text for lawyers and psychiatric and law enforcement professionals who wish to be apprised of forensic psychology coverage. Each entry provides a succinct outline of the topic, describes current thinking, identifies relevant consensual or contested aspects and alternative positions. Readers are presented with key issues and directed towards specialized sources for further reference.
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Communication Research Statistics

Author: John C. Reinard

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506320481

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 600

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While most books on statistics seem to be written as though targeting other statistics professors, John Reinard's Communication Research Statistics is especially impressive because it is clearly intended for the student reader, filled with unusually clear explanations and with illustrations on the use of SPSS. I enjoyed reading this lucid, student-friendly book and expect students will benefit enormously from its content and presentation. Well done!" --John C. Pollock, The College of New Jersey Written in an accessible style using straightforward and direct language, Communication Research Statistics guides students through the statistics actually used in most empirical research undertaken in communication studies. This introductory textbook is the only work in communication that includes details on statistical analysis of data with a full set of data analysis instructions based on SPSS 12 and Excel XP.
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Bit by Bit

Social Research in the Digital Age

Author: Matthew J. Salganik

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400888182

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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An innovative and accessible guide to doing social research in the digital age In just the past several years, we have witnessed the birth and rapid spread of social media, mobile phones, and numerous other digital marvels. In addition to changing how we live, these tools enable us to collect and process data about human behavior on a scale never before imaginable, offering entirely new approaches to core questions about social behavior. Bit by Bit is the key to unlocking these powerful methods—a landmark book that will fundamentally change how the next generation of social scientists and data scientists explores the world around us. Bit by Bit is the essential guide to mastering the key principles of doing social research in this fast-evolving digital age. In this comprehensive yet accessible book, Matthew Salganik explains how the digital revolution is transforming how social scientists observe behavior, ask questions, run experiments, and engage in mass collaborations. He provides a wealth of real-world examples throughout and also lays out a principles-based approach to handling ethical challenges. Bit by Bit is an invaluable resource for social scientists who want to harness the research potential of big data and a must-read for data scientists interested in applying the lessons of social science to tomorrow’s technologies. Illustrates important ideas with examples of outstanding research Combines ideas from social science and data science in an accessible style and without jargon Goes beyond the analysis of “found” data to discuss the collection of “designed” data such as surveys, experiments, and mass collaboration Features an entire chapter on ethics Includes extensive suggestions for further reading and activities for the classroom or self-study
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The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology

Author: Carla Willig,Wendy Stainton Rogers

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1526422867

Category: Psychology

Page: 664

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One of our bestselling handbooks, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology, is back for a second edition, with updated chapters and three new chapters introduced on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation and Netnography.
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Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods

Author: Paul J. Lavrakas

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 150631788X

Category: Social Science

Page: 1072

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In conjunction with top survey researchers around the world and with Nielsen Media Research serving as the corporate sponsor, the Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods presents state-of-the-art information and methodological examples from the field of survey research. Although there are other "how-to" guides and references texts on survey research, none is as comprehensive as this Encyclopedia, and none presents the material in such a focused and approachable manner. With more than 600 entries, this resource uses a Total Survey Error perspective that considers all aspects of possible survey error from a cost-benefit standpoint.
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