This book of original essays presents students with challenging looks at some of the most basic, and sometimes most difficult, decisions faced by criminal justice researchers. Each chapter presents an overview of a foundational question/issue in the conduct of research, and discussions of the options to resolve these controversies.

chapter 1|12 pages

Should (Does) Criminal Justice Research Influence Social Policy?

ByElizabeth Ehrhardt Mustaine

chapter 3|14 pages

How to Know if a Piece of Research Is Good/Valuable

ByJeffrey L. Helms, Jeanne J. Johnson

chapter 4|22 pages

Methodological Yin and Yang: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Social Science

ByAngela D. West, Lanette P. Dalley

chapter 5|14 pages

Original vs. Secondary Data Collection: The New Dilemma for Research

ByJana L. Jasinski

chapter 6|11 pages

Does Theory Really Guide Survey Research? Why Is Theory Important in Surveys?

ByTracy L. Dietz, Jana L. Jasinski

chapter 7|12 pages

Macro and Micro Research Approaches: Which Makes More Sense?

ByJulie C. Kunselman

chapter 9|24 pages

Interviews as a Data Collection Method: But, Which Type Should I Use?

ByKathrine Johnson

chapter 10|12 pages

Validity of Participant-Observational Data/Research

ByAlexis J. Miller

chapter 11|10 pages

Utility of Case Studies

ByKim Davies