The most efficient approach to locating scholarly journal articles on any topic is to start out with one of the library’s databases such as Criminal Justice Abstracts or Sociological Abstracts. These databases index hundreds of scholarly journals and will link you to articles on your topic of choice.
The library has subscriptions to numerous scholarly criminal justice journals. The links on the library’s web site are your access point to the full text online. You may be prompted to authenticate as a Villanova student. Use your Villanova user id and email password. You can find some of the same content through Google, but you may not be able to link to the full text.
Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)
Criminal Justice Abstracts covers crime trends, crime prevention and deterrence, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, police, courts, punishment and sentencing. The database contains indexes and summaries of international journal articles, books, and governmental and non-governmental reports on a wide range of topics in criminal justice. Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
Covers sociological topics in fields such as anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science, and social psychology. Journals published by sociological associations, groups, faculties and institutes, and periodicals containing the term "sociology" in their titles are abstracted fully. Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
ProQuest Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,600 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.
Getting the full text of journal articles
Your gateway to the full text of journal articles.
Content is available via the following links: Click on the Article link(s) to go to the full text.
Request from another library: Submit an interlibrary loan request online. It takes on average 3-5 days for the article to arrive via email.
The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias, companions and handbooks with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. These essays are generally helpful startiing points and can help you in defining and focusing your topic. Essays generally include bibliographies that will lead you to further sources on your topic.
Encyclopedias, Handbooks & Companions
Sage Reference Online
Search all the titles on Sage Reference Online.Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory
Topics include contexts and concepts in criminological theory, the social construction of crime, policy implications of theory, diversity and intercultural contexts, conflict theory, rational choice theories, conservative criminology, feminist theory, and more.Blackwell Encyclopedia of SociologyEncyclopedia of Social TheorySage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods presents current and complete information, as well as ready-to-use techniques, facts, and examples from the field of qualitative research in a very accessible style.Encyclopedia of Measurement and StatisticsEncyclopedia of Research DesignEncyclopedia of Social Science Research MethodsEncyclopedia of Survey Research Methods
Citing Your Sources
- Research and Documentation Online - APA
Online guide to citing in APA style.
- Export references from journal indexes/databases
All the indexes listed above format references in APA style:
Select the articles which you plan to cite and look for the Cite link. Copy the APA style citation into the application of your choice. APA is a widely used style in the social sciences.
- Export references from online encyclopedias
Most of the online encyclopedias format references in APA style:
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