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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 Complete: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 14,000 journals, including more than 10,000 peer-reviewed titles.
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 110 journals on psychology and behavior 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. The State of Oregon Law Library is an excellent resource. One of its features is access to EBSCOHost's database, the Legal Information Reference Center. It is a good source for non-professionals to look up legal issues on subjects as varied as adoptions or wills. Blank legal forms also are included. Find it on the law library's Resources page.

 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 700 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

 

 FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

  • 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: It's possible to copy from a source and not even know that you've done anything wrong.
  • KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style:The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: 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!

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