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Dissertation Criminal Law/Criminal Justice, 2021/22, Semester C12
Sean Butcher
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Topic ideas, guides to researching different criminal justice topics and institutions:

King, R. and Wincup, E. 2007. The Process of Criminological Research. In: King, R. and Wincup, E. eds. Doing Research on Crime and Justice. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva .     

General Guides

Cottrell, S. 2019. The Study Skills Handbook. 5th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Finch, E. and Fafinski, S. 2019. Criminology Skills. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.    

Finch, E. and Fafinski. 2019. Legal Skills. 7th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.    

Writing a Masters dissertation

Biggam, J. 2015. Succeeding with your Masters Dissertation3rd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Dissertation Guide (Royal Literary Fund resource).

The Final Chapter (library resource).

Critical Thinking

Wallace, M. and Wray, A. 2016. Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. London: Sage.

Williams, K. 2014. Getting Critical. (2nd ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (short and snappy).

Critical Thinking (library resource).

Essay writing

Warburton, N. 20067. The Basics of Essay Writing. Abingdon: Routledge.

Essay Writing (library resource).

Mastering Academic Writing (SAGE resource).

Planning Your Essay Writing (SAGE resource).

Writing style

Becker, H. 2007. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Godfrey, J. 2016. Writing for University. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Peck, J. and Coyle, M. 2012. The Student's Guide to Writing: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. 3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Zinsser, W. 2006. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. New York: HarperCollins.

Descriptive vs analytical writing

Critical Writing (library resource).


Godfrey, J. 2020. The Student Phrase Book: Vocabulary for Writing at University. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Academic Phrasebank (University of Manchester).


Referencing (library resource).

This list was last updated on 22/11/2021