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Topics in Criminal Justice: Research Methods

As with any academic field, it is essential to have a grounded understanding of research methods in criminal justice. This includes quantitative and qualitative research strategies, but also moral and ethical concerns, especially when you're working with vulnerable populations and communities. Keep reading to learn more about what resources are available through Dewey.

Research Assistance

One of the best databases to make use of is Sage Research Methods. Once you're in the database, you can scroll down the page to "my discipline is" and select "Criminology and Criminal Justice." Then under "Refine By" you can select "Available to me" so see what resources you can access. From the home page of Sage Research Methods you can also access the "Little Green Books," which "address advanced quantitative topics including Regression, Models, Data Analysis, Structural Equation Modeling, Experimental Design, Factor Analysis, Measurement, ANOVA, Survey Data, and more." Additionally, there are also the "Little Blue Books," which UWashington describes as being "designed to teach novice researchers about specific modes of social inquiry, as well as widening the range of social science methods used by experienced researchers."

One other resource available from the federal government is CrimeSolutions.Gov, "a central, reliable resource to help you understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. Our purpose is to assist in practical decision-making and program implementation by gathering information on specific justice-related programs and practices and reviewing the existing evaluation and meta-analysis research against standardized criteria."


Books and eBooks Available at Dewey

  • Chamberlain, J.M. (2013). Understanding criminological research: A guide to data analysis. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
  • Copes, H., & Miller, J.M. (Eds.). (2015). The Routledge handbook of qualitative criminology. New York, NY: Routledge.
    Online / HV6024.5 .I585 2015 WWW
  • Cowburn, M., Gelsthorpe, L., & Wahidin, A. (Eds.). (2017). Research ethics in criminology: Dilemmas, issues and solutions. New York, NY: Routledge.
    Dewey Library / HV6024.5 .R469 2017
  • Huebner, B.M., Bynum, T.S. (Eds.). (2016). The handbook of measurement issues in criminology and criminal justice. Malden, MA: Transaction Publishers.
    Dewey Library / HV7415 .H36 2016
  • Miller, J., & Palacios, W.R. (Eds.). (2015). Qualitative research in criminology. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
    Dewey Library / HV6024.5 .Q353 2015

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Cathy Dwyer, Subject Librarian for Criminal Justice, at (518) 442-3699 or - or drop by during Cathy's office hours on Mondays, 4-7pm.

Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
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