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)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, and books in criminology and related fields. Includes abstracts and selected full-text. Coverage goes back to the middle of the 18th century. 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 Sciences Citation Index/Web of Science
Provides access to current bibliographic information and cited references from the journal literature in the physical and social sciences. Search by article title word, journal title, author, cited author or reference, or address word (e.g. author's institution). Coverage begins 1956 to present. Scopus (Elsevier)
Provides abstracts and citations for peer-reviewed journals in all major disciplines. Offers comprehensive coverage of the scientific, technical, medical, geographic and social sciences (including arts and humanities). Includes complete contents of GEOBASE multidisciplinary database. National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Contains summaries of more than 215,000 criminal justice publications, including federal, state and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles and unpublished research. Topic coverage includes corrections, courts, crime, crime prevention, drugs, justice system, juvenile justice, law enforcement, victims, and more. 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. ERIC (EBSCO)
The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature. It indexes both journal articles and reports from government and private agencies.
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
Citing Your Sources
- 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: