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Criminology Skills

Second Edition

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski

March 2016

ISBN: 9780198718819

432 pages

Price: £29.99

A criminology student's essential skills toolkit from day one right through to final year project



Criminology Skills is the only book of its kind to cover both criminological study skills and research skills for the first-year right through to the final-year student. Accessible, engaging, and visually appealing, the text gives you a practical understanding of the key skills you need to succeed in the study of criminology.

  • The only book of its kind to cover practical, academic and research skills for the study of criminology, including comprehensive coverage of research methods, ethics and data analysis
  • A strong emphasis on active learning is achieved with practical examples and exercises throughout encouraging you to put the skills you're learning into a practical context
  • Accompanied by an innovative and dynamic online resource centre, containing useful activities, for example testing your understanding of ethical considerations and the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Tailored to the needs of criminology students at all levels, it establishes a strong skills foundation for your first year and supports you right through to the completion of your final year projects
  • Written in an informal, lively and entertaining style with examples and diagrams to bring the subject to life

New to this edition

  • Brand new chapter on 'what is criminology?'
  • Fully updated references to the 2015 BSC Statement of Ethics
  • Expanded explanations of method and methodology

About the Author(s)

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski

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 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 experienced law lecturer and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford. His teaching is focussed upon 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.

Table of Contents

    1: What is criminology?
    Part I: Finding, using and evaluating criminological resources
    2: Criminal law
    3: Books and journals
    4: Statistics and official publications
    5: Media and web sources
    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


Review from previous edition Criminology Skills really fills a gap in the market and provides a wealth of practical tips for students. - Dr Dean Wilson, Reader in Criminology, Plymouth University

An excellent resource and, to my mind, the leading textbook for study skills in criminology. - Noel Cross, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University

Finch and Fafinski guide the reader with flair through the complexities of criminological research in an immediately accessible way. - Jo Buckle, Lecturer in Criminology, Glasgow Caledonian University

This is a phenomenal text. It will be an invaluable resource - for both students and lecturers - for years to come. - Dr Michael Fiddler, University of Greenwich

Impressive coverage, fantastic online resources and suitable for all three years of the degree: a great study companion! - Duncan McPhee, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of the West of England

A brilliant investment for the entire three years of your undergraduate programme. - Dr Alan Grattan, Programme Leader Criminology, Director of Crime and Justice Research Centre, University of Winchester

I think that this is a very clear, coherent, engaging and easy to follow text which acts as a welcome introduction for students to research methods in Criminology. - Dr Kieran McCartan, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of the West of England

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the skills required for criminological study at degree level. It is clearly written and structured and provides clear, concise advice and guidance, supported by examples and exercises that will help students from induction through to graduation. - David Porteous, Principal Lecturer in Criminology, Middlesex University

A very clearly written book with interesting thinking points and practical examples for students to follow. - Dr Sarah Charman, Principal lecturer, University of Portsmouth

full of very good, clear advice and guidance that students will find useful - Dr Richard Peake, Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Leeds

An excellent study skills book for all Criminology undergraduate students. - Dr Stacy Banwell, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Greenwich

A clear and reliable companion text for new and more experienced students alike. - Mr Jon Shute, Lecturer, University of Manchester

Additional Resources

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.

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