The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias with up-to-date articles on your paper topic. They will lead you to exhaustive and well-researched articles that are written and signed by scholars. Jump start your research with valuable background information, a detailed overview and/or a bibliography of current research. Here are two examples of typical encyclopedia articles:
"Delinquency, III. Trends and Data."
(Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice - 2002)
"Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA)."
(Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics - 2006)
Research Methods E-Reference
Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods
Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics
Encyclopedia of Evaluation
Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research
Criminal Justice E-Reference
Blackwell Companion to Law & Society
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
21st Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook
Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention
Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment
Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice
Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime
Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities
think tankthat provides research reports to members of Congress. Reports also collected at http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/CRSR/. CRS does not make even its non-confidential publications directly available to the public online. The Federation of American Scientists endeavors to provide current, regularly updated public access to as many non-confidential CRS reports as possible. These reports are provided without congressional or CRS authorization as a public service. The U.S. Department of State also provides a selection of Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports and Issue Briefs at http://fpc.state.gov/c18185.htm.
Here is a selection of databases/indexes that include peer-reviewed articles published in criminal justice and sociology journals. Contact me for further suggestions.
- 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.
Important features on the search screen
Full text linking
Useful Article Databases
Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
An interactive PsycINFO Tutorial allows students to learn and practice advanced search techniques.
Criminal Justice Statistics
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Crime in the United States (Uniform Crime Report - FBI)
ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)
A free ICPSR account is required to download data. The account must be created on campus.
Social Trends and Indicators USA
Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker. Includes sample paper and list of cited reference in APA style.
Export references in APA style for your cited reference list.
Use the "Add to Folder" links to create a list of potentially useful articles then switch to Folder View and Select all items. Click on the "Save as File" icon to the right of your results and select APA in the drop down menu under "Citation Format." Click on "Save" and then copy and paste the resulting list of APA style citations into your word file. APA is the most widely used style in the social sciences.