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CRJ/SOC/AAAS 473: Race, Crime, and Justice

Research Guide for CRJ/SOC/AAAS 473

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1. How do I search for my topic?

  • Identify the keywords of your topic 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 factors, causes, effects, issues, relationships are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words

Example: Your research question is: Does religion in the African American community buffer against suicide?

  • A search about this topic could be: "African American*" suicide religio*
  • Add an * to the end of a word stem to search for all words that begin with that word stem
    • African American* will search for African American and African Americans
    • religio* will search for religion and religious
  • Put a phrase in quotation marks to search for its words as a phrase, not separate words
    • "African American*" searches for African Americans as a phrase, not separate words

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  • Peer-reviewed articles:
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3. I have too many irrelevant search hits. How do I focus them?

  • 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 (bolded blue words under the article description in the list of search hits) 
    • 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 
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