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FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES

These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.

  • Academic Search Premier: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles
  • Issues and Controversies: Covers current social topics that inspire debate and controversy and offers information on both sides of the argument
  • Points of View: Offers overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects
  • Legal Collection: Full text from more than 250 of the world's most respected, scholarly law journals to offer authoritative information on legal research and trends
  • PsycArticles: More than 153,000 articles from 80 journals--48 published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 11 from allied organizations--that were published from 1894 to the present
  • LegalTrac:  Approximately 875 full-text titles, including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals
  • Criminal Justice Collection:  Users will have access to 700 journals whether studying to be a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in homeland security.

FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY

 If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

  • Credo Reference Online: Access to more than 600 reference books, including general and specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries for overviews on topics

If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:

Organizing Books By Subject
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
Law K
U.S. Law KF
Oregon Law KFO
Criminology. Social Pathology. HV

You also might try these reference books:

  • Criminal Justice: a three-volume set that contains more than 600 articles on topics related to criminal justice and law enforcement Ref KF 9214 .5 .C75 2006
  • Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement: a three-volume set with entries on state and local law, federal law, and international law Ref HV 7921 .E53 2005
  • West’s Encyclopedia of American Law: a 13-volume set that contains more than 5000 articles and essays, including an index and dictionary Ref KF 154 .W47 2004
  • American Dictionary of Criminal Justice: Provides concise definitions of terms and phrases used in criminology and law enforcement Ref HV 7411 .C48 2005
  • The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court: Contains 1200 entries on the history and organization of the Court, including biographies on the Justices Ref KF 8742 .A35 093 2005
  • Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior: A four-volume set that is divided by topic and contains indexes Ref HV 6017 .E53 2001
  • Historical Atlas of American Crime: Provides information on crime and significant cases from 1587 to 2005 Ref HV 6779 .R67 2005

FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

Although these websites are likely to be accurate, you should still evaluate information found on the Internet.

  • Find Law: Provides information on cases and codes, jurisdictions, federal and state law, and articles and is divided into areas of practice
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics: Offers governmental data on the justice system, courts and sentencing, crime, criminal offenders, and criminal record systems
  • Handbook of Forensic Services: Contains information on forensics, submitting evidence, and crime scene investigations, written by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service: Offers access to articles or photocopies of documents, along with information on crime prevention, courts, corrections, and law enforcement, and is maintained by the Department of Justice
  • Uniform Crime Reports: Provides statistics on crime from data of nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the nation
  • The OYEZ Project: Offers information on the Supreme Court, including audio files, a virtual tour, biographies of the Justices, docket listings, and press releases
  • THOMAS: Provides information about bills, resolutions, the US code, and congressional records and is maintained by the Library of Congress

FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES

The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals:

  • Law and Order  

CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY

Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here’s some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: [PDF] It’s possible to copy from a source and not even know that you’ve done anything wrong. Read up on how to document sources.
  • KnightCite: This great site asks formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style: [PDF] The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: [PDF] The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.

FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES

Don’t hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!


Published Jul 16, 2009 (Updated Apr 25, 2014)


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