• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The new edition of this best-selling study skills book provides a practical guide for success for students at every level of their study in criminology or criminal justice degree. Fully-revised and thoroughly updated to reflect changes in the curriculum, the book continues to provide students with practical and relevant information for their degree including topics on: choosing courses, sourcing and researching, applying theory to practice, writing essays, presentation skills, revision, taking exams, and careers after your degree. Additional content for the new edition includes:

a new chapter on plagiarism; developments in virtual learning environments and e-resources; expanded coverage of internet and e-learning skills; your move from high school to university and the varying levels within your degree.


The aim of this book is to provide a guide to the general study skills needed in Higher Education and then apply these to the subject area of Criminology. It is not the intention here to provide an in-depth discussion of criminological debates, theoretical concerns or criminal justice policy, but simply to provide some examples and direct you to other literature that develops the debates more fully. The main skills identified here are to do with:

  • researching the topic and data collection
  • presenting the data for assessment purposes
  • using resources effectively
  • learning to reference correctly
  • examination techniques
  • developing transferable skills
  • the transition from education to work
  • ensuring that you get the most out of your degree and the experience of university.

The book seeks to demystify the world of Higher Education and so ...

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