Snapshots of Research: Readings in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a comprehensive, cutting-edge text that provides an introductory overview of the main research methods used in the fields of criminology and criminal justice. This text/reader offers a wide range of modern research examples, as well as several classic articles, including a broad range of readings from the four major branches of the criminal justice system—policing, courts/law, juvenile justice, and corrections—that are relevant to career paths students may be interested in pursuing.
Chapter 2: Criminological Theory and the Scientific Method
Criminological Theory and the Scientific Method
To say that theory is the cornerstone of research is an understatement. Theoretical knowledge of crime and justice enables researchers to do many valuable things. Theoretical knowledge allows researchers to explain current events and to predict future ones. For example, theory allows researchers to ...