Criminology Skills (2nd edition)

Emily Finch; Stefan Fafinski
Pub date
Mar 2016
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Criminology Skills covers both criminological study skills and research skills in one volume, giving you the skills you need to succeed in the study of criminology. A three-part structure covers finding source materials, academic skills, study skills, and research methodology, guiding you through a range of skills and methods which you will need to practise and demonstrate in your degree. Topics covered include finding and evaluating criminological resources, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, preparing for exams, planning a research project, data analysis and much more. Criminology Skills first helps you to establish a strong and comprehensive skills foundation before building to a more advanced level, increasing your competence and confidence with which to approach projects. The text is accompanied by an innovative and dynamic Online Resource Centre which includes practical exercises, animated walk-throughs showing how to use online databases, and activities to help test your understanding of ethical considerations and of the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods.


1 What is criminology?
1: Finding, using and evaluating criminological resources
2 Criminal law
3 Books and journals
4 Statistics and official publications
5 Media and web sources
2: Academic Criminology Skills
6 Study skills
7 Writing skills
8 Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
9 Essay writing
10 Dissertations and research reports
11 Presentations
12 Revision and examinations
3: Research Skills in Criminology
13 Research ethics
14 Gathering data
15 Quantitative analysis
16 Qualitative analysis

About the author: 

Emily Finch is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey where her teaching focuses on criminal law, criminal evidence and cybercrime. Her overarching research interest is in public perceptions of crime and criminality and the impact of technology on criminal activity, especially the criminogenic potential of the internet. She has a particular interest in jury decision-making and has conducted a number of empirical studies that explore factors that influence jury verdicts in rape, theft and fraud trials. Her work on identity theft won the Joseph Lister Award in 2005 and her current research focus is on film piracy and the niche vulnerability of fraud to older internet users.; Stefan Fafinski is an Associate in Law at the University of Surrey and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford. He is currently teaching Criminal Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Cyberlaw and Cybercrime. He is interested in the social factors that influence the misuse of information technology and the challenges that networked technologies present in general. He won the Joseph Lister Award for his work on the social aspects of computer crime in 2006.

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