Criminology Skills (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198799818

Emily Finch; Stefan Fafinski
432 ページ
189 x 246 mm

Criminology Skills covers both criminological study skills and research skills in one volume, giving students the skills they need to succeed in the study of criminology. A three-part structure covers finding source materials, academic skills, study skills, and research methodology, guiding students through a range of skills and methods which they will need to practise and demonstrate in their 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 students to establish a strong and comprehensive skills foundation before building to a more advanced level, increasing their competence and confidence with which to approach projects. Online resources The text is accompanied by the following online resources: -Practical exercises -Animated walk-throughs showing how to use online databases -Activities to help students test their understanding of ethical considerations and of the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods


Part I: Criminology criminological resources
1 What is criminology?
2 Books, journals, and articles
3 Statistics and official publications
4 Media and web sources
5 Criminal law
Part II: 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
Part III: Research Skills in Criminology
13 Research ethics
14 Gathering data
15 Quantitative analysis
16 Qualitative analysis


Emily Finch is an experienced law lecturer and has taught criminal law, criminal evidence and cybercrime at a number of institutions. 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 current research focus is on dishonesty and the niche vulnerability of older internet users.; Stefan Fafinski has extensive experience in teaching intellectual property law, cyberlaw, and cybercrime. He is interested in the social and legal factors that influence information security and the security challenges presented by networked technologies in general. He is currently a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales.