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CRJ 200: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Research Guide for CRJ 200

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Trying to access library resources online? Follow the instructions on the Online Access to Library Resources page to access library databases, articles, and ebooks, both on-campus and off-campus.

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Search FAQs

1. How do I search for sources about my thesis statement?

  • Identify the keywords of your thesis statement and use those as your search words
  • Each article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make them searchable - you want your search words to match those tags
  • Words like causes, effects, issues, outcomes, relationships are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words

Example: The thesis statement for your mid-term paper is: Evidence that youth incarcerated in adult prisons face many negative outcomes indicates that young offenders should not be transferred to adult prison.

  • Search: youth adult prison* 
    • Add an * to the end of a word stem to search for all words that begin with that word stem
      • prison* will search for prison and prison

2. How do I focus the search hits to academic sources?

  •  Use Refine Your Search options to focus your search hits
  • Academic (peer-reviewed) articles:
    • Click on Peer Review 
    • Click on Journal article under Content Type
  • Books/ebooks/Book Chapters:
    • Click on Book / ebook under Content Type
    • Click on Book Chapter under Content Type

3. I have too many irrelevant search hits. How do I focus them?

  • Current/Recent articles:
    • Under Publication Date, move the scroll bar over to 2000 to present
  • ​Articles with a Criminal Justice or Penal System perspective
    • Example: under Discipline. click on criminology & penology
  • ​Look through the Subject Terms in the Refine Your Search sidebar
    • Click on the subjects that interest you then scroll up and press Apply

​​4. What if I get a Taylor & Francis article that won't open from Summon?

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