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CRJ 450 - Criminal Justice Research Methods
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Reference Sources Journal Articles Government Information Books World Wide Web
Citing Your Sources Your Comments    

The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library and on the World Wide Web useful for finding information on criminal justice topics. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.

Reference Sources

Sources in the Library's Reference Collection (first floor) can help you find brief factual information quickly. Be sure to browse the shelves near the sources listed below to find others.

Criminal & Juvenile Justice Reference Books
  • Criminal Justice Research Sources
    Main Reference: Z5703 .4 .C73 O24 1992
  • Dictionary of American Criminal Justice: Key Terms and Major Supreme Court Cases
    Main Reference: HV 7411 .C53 1998
  • Dictionary of Criminal Justice Terms
    Main Reference: HV 7411 .D53 1998
  • Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
    Main Reference: HV 7411 .W67 2002
  • World of Criminal Justice
    Main Reference: HV 6017 .E52 2002
  • American Prisons: An Annotated Bibliography
    Main Reference: Z 5703.4 .P75 M33 1999
  • Atlas of Crime: Mapping the Criminal Landscape
    Main Reference: HV 6783 .A85 2000
  • Violent Children: A Reference Handbook
    Main Reference: HQ 784 .V55 K56 1995
  • Growing up in America: An Atlas of Youth in the USA
    Main Reference: HQ 792 .U6 .S26 1998

CQ Researcher

Each CQ Researcher (ASU) report focuses on a single topic related to criminal justice, social, economic, political, health, or environmental issues. They provide a chronological overview and detail recent developments and opposing viewpoints. Each report includes a bibliography that can lead you to other sources of information on your topic.

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Journal Articles

The best method for finding journal articles is to use one of the Library's online article databases. For additional information on the databases listed below and for others, explore our list of databases. Our databases are easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Cedric Davis (334 229-6998) or Randy Curtis (334 229-5604).


Not all of our databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, consult the following sources:

  • Serials Solutions (ASU) - to determine if the article is available in another online database.
  • HORNetCat - lists journals to which the Library subscribes. Journals are housed in the Serials Department on the third floor.
  • Interlibrary Loan - to order those articles not available in the Library or via a full-text database.
Print Indexes & Abstracts
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts (1994, 1996)
    Serials (3rd floor)
  • Criminal Justice Periodicals Index (1975-1978, 1993-1998)
    Serials Indexes (3rd floor)

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Government Information

Federal and state governments publish a plethora of information on many topics. Although the University Library is not a depository for government documents, you can request documents through Interlibrary Loan or visit the Library at Auburn University Montgomery, which is a depository. Also, many government documents are available through the Web.

Federal Government Information
Alabama Government Information

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Books from the Library's Main Stax (third and fourth floors) can also be helpful for finding information on your topic. Since you'll need current information, check the publication date of the books you find here.

  • HORNetCat (online catalog for finding books located in the Library)
  • netLibrary (ASU) (access to the full text of books online)

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World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is an outstanding but often bewildering source of information. Not everything you find will be authoritative, accurate, and valid. Try searching one of these to find more reliable Web sites.

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Citing Your Sources

APA Style

You'll use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to cite your sources. A copy of the Manual is available at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Library. Additional assistance with citing electronic publications is available from the APA online site.

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Your Comments

Your opinion comments!

Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about this guide. Has it helped with your research? Do you have any suggestions for improving the guide? You may e-mail Marsha V. Taylor (mvtaylor@ or call her at (334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.

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Edited by: Marsha V. Taylor, Information Literacy Librarian
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January 26, 2005