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CRJ 480/580: Applied Criminal Justice Theory

Course Research Guide for CRJ 480/580

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1. How do I search for sources about my research topic?

  • Identify the keywords of your topic and use those as your search words. 
  • Each book and article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make each book or article searchable
    • You want your search words to match those tags
    • Words like impact, effect, or factors are not used as tags

2. How do I focus my search hits to scholarly sources?

In the Refine Your Search sidebar: 

  • Click on Peer Review
  • Click on Journal Article under Content Type

3. I have too many search hits. How do I focus my search hits so that they're more relevant?

  • Law and Sociology and Social Interest under Discipline to focus search hits to those relevant to law and sociology
  • Click on See more... under Subjects to identify more specific subjects within your research area
    • Click on the Subjects in the list that you're interested in
    • Scroll back up to the top of the list and click on Apply to focus your search hits to these subjects

4​. How do I preview the abstract/summary of articles in the list of search hits?

  • Click on Preview below the article description

5. How do I access the article so I can read the whole thing?

  • Click on Full Text Online
  • Look for pdf Full Text or HTML Full Text links

6. How do I use the search hits to focus to my criminal justice issue?

  • Look at the list of  Subject Terms under Refine Your Search and see what interests you
    • Click on the Subject Terms you're interested in 
  • When you see articles that look interesting, look at their tags and add those to your search

7. I can't find anything on my iisue. What do I do?

  • The search words you're using to describe your topic may not match the tags that have been assigned to books and articles on that topic
    • Look through the Subject terms in the Refine Your Search sidebar and check the boxes beside the topic areas that interest you
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags 
    • Add any relevant tags to your search
    • This will also help you develop your research questions and search for articles about your specific research questions 
  • There may not be research tying your main ideas together yet
    • Try searching for your main ideas separately and linking their findings together
  • If you've found one article that's relevant for your topic, look through the sources in its References list to see if any of them are also relevant to your research
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