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Conducting Research in the field of Criminal Justice: Using Databases to find Articles on your Topic

Resource guide for sources in Criminal Justice


Using Databases

Database Searching Tips

There is no standardized format for a database’s appearance or user interface. However, most databases offer similar search functionality.

  • Keyword searching is default on many databases.
  • Use important nouns as search words.
  • Try using synonyms of your search words: college, university, "higher education".
  • Avoid using common words: "a", "an","the","to","by", "of", etc.
  • Use double quotations marks to search for an exact phrase.
    Example: “embryonic stem cell”

Google Scholar

TIP: An advanced search in Google Scholar will allow you to  refine, broaden or narrow your search.