Research Process and Terminology Paper

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Research includes any gathering of data, information, and facts for the advancement of knowledge. Those interested in the study of criminology and criminal justice has a wide range of research methods. Following the research process will strengthen the chance of obtaining a successful, well researched project.

Research methods play an important role in the criminal justice system today. Effective research methods have the ability to open and close cases. Those interested in the criminal justice field have a wide range of research methods at their disposal. The terminology involved is also a very important aspect when used in the study of criminology and criminal justice. This paper will include new terminology learned from my reading, how will this new terminology and knowledge apply to a career in criminal justice, how can not knowing the proper terminology affect you as I conduct criminal justice research, and how will knowing these terms be an asset to me when evaluating and analyzing studies or data?

What is Research?
“Studious inquiry or examination; especially: investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws” (" Research," 2011).

New Terminology
Replication is repeating or copying something. An example of replication law enforcement replicating a crime to see how the crime was committed.
Verification is confirming or validating something. A lie detector test verifies whether someone is telling the truth or not.
“Theory is in criminal justice represents an attempt to develop plausible explanations of

reality, which in this case are crime and the criminal justice system. Theory attempts to classify

and organize events, to explain the causes of events, to predict the direction of future events,

and to understand why and...
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