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Study Skills for Criminology

Study Skills for Criminology

Second Edition
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February 2012 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Programmes or Courses

Using This Book

Content of the Guide

The Academic Environment
The Academic Year And Modular Structure

How Will The Modules Be Taught?

How Much Time Will You Be Expected To Spend Studying?

Who Are Your Lecturers?

How Should You Study?

What Will Your Time At University Be Like?

Coping With Anxiety


Assessment in Criminology
What Is Assessment?

Types Of Assessment - Formative And Summative

Peer Assessment


Learning Outcomes

Marking Criteria

Choosing Modules To Study

Relative Weighting Of Assessments

Assessment Range



Presentation Skills

Report Writing

Portfolio Building



Examination Assessment
Why Examinations?

Types Of Examination

Planning Your Examination Preparation

Organising Your Examination Revision

Gathering Information

Summarising Information

Memory Strategies

Past Papers As A Revision Aid

Examination Strategies

Writing Style

Using References

Protocols To Be Observed During Examinations

Marking Criteria




Studying Criminology at University
What Is Criminology?

How Does Criminology Relate To Other Disciplines?



Finding Information about Criminology
Why Should We Read?

Starting Out

Reading For A Purpose

Sources Of Information

How To Use The Web

Using A Variety Of Sources

Finding Information



Essay Writing
Planning Your Essay Preparation

Reading And Understanding The Question

Gathering Information For Your Essay

Taking Notes From The Literature

Writing The Essay Conclusion

References And Bibliography


Marking Criteria

Dissertation/Research Project Writing




Understanding Plagiarism


Types Of Plagiarism

The Consequences Of Plagiarism

Why Plagiarise?

Avoiding Plagiarism



Studying Criminological Theory and Criminal Justice Practice
Criminological Theories

Criminology Theories, Policy And Practice



Reflections on Studying at University
Reflections On Studying At University

Making Your Degree Work for You
Personal Development Planning

Criminological Occupations

Continuing In Education

Constructing A Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Appendix 1: Sample Answers to Activity 7a
Appendix 2: Rationale for Activity 10g
Appendix 3: Useful Websites Appendix 4: Further Reading


SAGE Study Skills hub

Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

This is not just another 'how to study' book. This is about how to make the most of your studies and be ready in the workplace: how to make the investment pay off.'Dr Francis Pakes, Portsmouth University

The book contains no shortage of good advice on studying at university and adopts a practical approach to graduate skills and employment preparedness. A sound investment for new students.-Dr Pamela Davies, Northumbria University

Great introductory text for students - particularly those just starting out. Clear, practical advice that has already helped in my teaching as well as guiding students through their work.

Mrs Laura Jane Martin
UCBC, Blackburn College
April 17, 2016

This has been useful when identifying ways of keeping students engaged etc. Also has helped with revision and assignment planning which is something my students often struggle with at times.

Miss Amber Maloney
public services, Sheffield College
March 5, 2014

Is a good source for undergraduate students in continuous assessment and examination preparations.

Dr Geshina Mat Saat
Forensic Science Programme, Universiti Sains Malaysia
April 3, 2013

A useful resource for students who request a hard copy text covering some of the content that we provide in our unit.

Mrs Sandra Sparrius
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University
March 27, 2013

good basic book for forst year students in all disciplines

Dr Richard Peake
Please select your department, Please select your institution
November 7, 2012

This is a good book for first year undergraduate criminology students. It covers the structire of a degree programme and reminds lecturers never to assume what students know about Criminology programmes and assessments. On that basis, this is a useful book for planning induction week and also for thinking through a whole range of studying skills to base lectures upon.

Miss Vickie Cooper
Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
October 9, 2012

A very good second edition of this easy-to-read study skills book. A great addition to any higher education students' collection of texts which provides practical, relevant advice. The addition of activities, key tips, a glossary, useful websites, and recommendations for further reading, all contribute to the importance of developing students' employability skills.

Mr Lee Curran
Criminal Justice, St Helens College
June 12, 2012

Excellent text

Ms Wendy Bateman
Health & Social Science, Bolton University
June 7, 2012

A terrific guide for any student studying criminology or any social science subject related to the criminal justice system. Very easy to use and good advice given to the students. A great learning aid for undergraduates.

Ms Jen Phipps
Law and Criminology, University of Aberystwyth
June 6, 2012
  • a new chapter on plagiarism
  • coverage of developments in virtual learning environments and e-resources
  • expanded coverage of internet and e-learning skills
  • help with the move from A-level to university and the varying levels within a student's degree

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Two

For instructors

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