Maxfield, Michael G. and Earl R. Babbie (2015). Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology (7th Edition). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
Reviews and explains how research methods are applied in criminal justice and criminology. Combines accessibility and a conversational writing-style with Babbie’s background in evaluation methods and Maxfield’s deep expertise in criminology and criminal justice. Features numerous examples of methodological issues and policy debates and utilizes real data to show how information does or doesn’t shape our thinking on these issues. Covers research ethics, principles of causation, validity, and design, as well as the best and worst of field research.