Background Research - Encyclopedias

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

 Criminal Justice E-Reference

  Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides authoritative and confidential research and analysis for Congress’ deliberative use.


Scholarly Journal Articles

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
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Full text linking
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 Useful Article Databases

  National Criminal Justice Reference Service Virtual Library

  Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)

  Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)

  ERIC (ProQuest)

  PsycINFO (ProQuest)  Tutorial


Criminal Justice Statistics

  National Criminal Justice Reference Service Virtual Library

  Bureau of Justice Statistics

  Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

  Crime in the United States (Uniform Crime Report - FBI)

  Data-Planet (Sage)

  ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)  Access Instructions

  Social Trends and Indicators USA

Citing Your Sources

  • Documenting Source in APA Style

    Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker. Includes sample paper and list of cited reference in APA style.

    Sample APA style paper and list of cited references.

  • 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.
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