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.

Finding Information about Criminology

Finding information about criminology

Developmental Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should be familiar with:

  • reading for a purpose
  • different sources of information
  • finding information
  • using the internet appropriately.

The aim of this chapter is to focus upon sourcing and using information relevant to criminological study. In the first edition, we wrote that in recent years, with the increased use of information technology, the breadth and range of information that is quickly available to students and academics has risen dramatically from electronic journals, electronic databases to websites and online publications. Since then, the pace of change has been dramatic. For example, according to the Office for National Statistics (2010) ‘18.3 million households in the UK (70 per cent) had Internet access in 2009. This is an ...

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