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Answered By: Suzanne Schriefer, Criminal Justice & Paralegal Librarian
Last Updated: Mar 07, 2016     Views: 241

The Rasmussen College Online Library includes several library databases that can be searched using keywords to retrieve articles from academic journals, newspapers, trade publications and more (click on the "Articles by Subject" link and select "Justice Studies").  The Database A-Z list is also accessible in all online classes; click on the Resources tab, then click the "Search eResource" link.

The following databases are great places to begin research on this topic:

Best results are achieved when using keywords in a database search.  Avoid using sentences, questions, or long phrases.  Consider developing a list of keywords and a "search menu" prior to conducting your search.  For example:

Then use Boolean connectors to link your keywords.

OR connector  -  use this connector to link related terms    children OR adolescents

AND connector -  use this connector to link ideas   "single parent families" AND children AND delinquency

Consider using the "Advanced Search" option.  It provides a "worksheet" with built in Boolean connectors.  In addition, there are tools on the left side of the page that allows results to be limited to "full text" and scholarly/academic journals.  Once you have entered your terms, click Search.

Articles containing your keywords will appear in relevance order.  Click on the PDF links to view the articles in full text.

TIP: Look at the subject headings attached to relevant articles.  You may want to incorporate them into your search!

For more information --and instructional videos--on effective database searching, consult the Database Help page in the School of Justice Studies Guide.