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Criminal Justice

This guide serves as an overview for criminal justice research.


This guide provides suggestions for way to get started with your research and includes recommended links to the most useful library resources and databases. Use the tabs on the side to naviage through the pages of this guide. If you have any further questions, please visit the Reference Desk located on the first floor of the Hoffman Family Library or use the "Ask-A-Librarian" button on the right hand side.

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Research Tips:

5 steps to successful research

  1. Find a focus: Develop a manageable topic - one that is not too broad, not too narrow.  Frame your topic idea as a question.  For example: What is the impact of the recession on public housing projects?
  2. Craft a thesis statement: The thesis statement is a position, an assertion or opinion in need of explanation.
  3. Identify needed information: Decide what books, reference sources, and articles will help you thoroughly research your subject.  Consider current books, eBooks, articles, and decide if you need to interview experts on the subject.
  4. Create your research strategy: List keywords, synonyms and related terms, subject terms, and descriptors for your research.
  5. Review your findings: Look at the quality, quantity, and relevance of the results.  Does your research support your thesis?  Are you finding relevant facts and quotes?  Identify the gaps.  Ask yourself: What else do I need to know?  What seems to be missing?

Criminal Justice Databases

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