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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.
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
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.
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).Databases
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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@ alasu.edu) or call her at (334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.
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