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Answered By: BethMarie Gooding
Last Updated: Mar 07, 2016     Views: 38

The School of Justice Studies Guide contains links to library databases that can be searched to find articles and books on this topic.  Click on the tabs in the box titled "Finding Criminal Justice Resources" to view recommended resources.

Below is a list of selected library databases to begin research on this topic.

  1. Justice Studies via ProQuest
  2. Associates Programs Source Plus via EBSCO
  3. National Criminal Justice Reference Service
  4. SocINDEX with Full Text via EBSCO (covers sociology)

If you need information on both sides of any issue, try using the two databases below, both offer overview reports on a variety of topics and generally give point and counter point arguments.

  1. Points of View Reference Center
  2. CQ Researcher

Database Searching Techniques

You will get best results when you use keywords when searching a library database.  Before beginning a database search, consider developing a list of keywords -- a search menu-- that describe the concepts that you want in articles.  For example:

Then use Boolean connectors to include some or all of these terms into your search.

OR Connector - Use this connector to include synonyms or related terms in your search. 

For example:    sterilization OR castration         (articles retrieved will have one term or the other)

AND Connector - Use this connector to link your ideas. 

For example:   castration AND "sex offender" AND recidivism        (articles will have all three terms in the same article)

Next, log into one of the recommended library databases and select Advanced Search.  Using the "Advanced Search" option will give you an easy way to enter your search terms using Boolean Connectors.

Once your search has been entered into the form, click Search.

Click on PDF or HTML links listed under article titles in the results list to view in full text.

View the video below for more information about effectively creating a search in a library database.

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