Scholarly Journal Articles

Here is a selection of databases/indexes that include peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. 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:

    Formatting references in APA style
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts
    The NCJRS database covers the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice. It contains summaries of more than 190,000 publications including books, government reports, research reports, and unpublished research. It also includes content from 189 journals, including 12 with core coverage.
    >> Look for a URL to the full text first. Many of the publications indexed by the NCJRS are freely available online. Use the interlibrary loan function on the FindIt menu only if there is no URL in the record.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Indexes scholarly journals in the field of sociology.
  • Social Services Abstracts
    Covers current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas.
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resources
    Access information on social issues through viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to web sites and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
    Browse Issues list to find Capital Punishment, Crime, and Prisons.
  • HeinOnline
    This legal database provides fully-searchable and image-based text of over 500 law journals.
  • Lexis Nexis Academic
    Includes numerous law reviews.

Find further indexes on the Criminal Justice Subject Guide or ask for recommendations.

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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.


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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