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Research Methods in Justice Studies (JUS 32400)

Finding Scholarly Journal Articles in Justice Studies by topic

This page (http://www.library.kent.edu/jus32400) is designed to introduce some of tools that can be used to locate scholarly articles on Justice Studies topics. Which resource will work best depends largely on your specific topic. If you do not have success using the resources recommended here, keep in mind that there are many other databases that may work for that topic. Please feel free to set up an appointment with me for assistance with locating articles on your topic. 

What are "scholarly" journals?

Faculty often require students to use articles from "scholarly" journals rather than "popular" magazines or "trade" magazines. Not sure what "scholarly" means? Click here to learn more.

Locating Scholarly Journal Articles by Topic

Try these first

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Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text (1968 - Current)
Use this resource to find scholarly journal articles in Justice Studies. Also includes books, reports, dissertations, and unpublished papers. Provides summaries of most entries.

Criminal Justice Periodicals (1981 - Current)
This database includes abstracts and indexing for 250 titles, with more than 100 available in full-text. Emphasis is on practical rather than theoretical material.

Also recommended

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Academic Search Complete
Indexes numerous titles in justice studies and related fields. Many of the articles are available full-text.

Ageline (1978 - Current)
Use this resource to find articles dealing with crime and the aged.

America: History and Life (1960 - Current)
Use this resource to find articles about the history of crime in the United States.

GenderWatch (1970 - Current)
Use this resource to find articles dealing with crime and gender.

International Index to Black Periodicals
Use this resource to find articles on topics focusing on African Americans and justice studies.

Legal Collection
Includes scholarly publications such as law journals, documents, and case studies. Provides information on the discipline of law and legal topics such as criminal justice, international law, federal law, organized crime, medical, labor & human resource law, ethics, the environment and much more. Currency and full-text availability varies by title.

LexisNexis Academic
Use this resource to find law review articles and case reports. Can also be used to locate news stories relating to justice studies.

Contains summaries of more than 180,000 criminal justice publications. Most documents published by NCJRS sponsoring agencies since 1995 are available in full-text online.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Covers controversial issues from multiple perspectives (Pro and Con.) Can browse by topic or keyword search.

PAIS (1972 - Current)
Use this resource to find articles about the public policy and political aspects of justice studies.

PsycINFO - Current File (1967 - Current)
Use this resource to locate journal articles dealing with the psychology of criminals and the psychological impact of crime on its victims.

Readers' Guide Full Text (1890 - Current)
Reader's Guide covers general-interest periodicals published in the United States. Full text is provided for 215 magazines back to 1994; indexing or abstracts available for 360 magazines back to 1890.

Social Sciences Citation Index (1980 - Current)
Use this resource to verify citations and to see what other articles may cite a particular author. Not the best tool for topic searching.

SocINDEX
Use this resource to find articles about the sociological impact of crime.

Supreme Court Yearbook Online (1989 - Current)
The Supreme Court Yearbook provides valuable in-depth coverage and analysis of every decision from the nation's highest court, including case summaries of every opinion written during each Supreme Court term, essays on the most significant cases from each year and the trends in each term, as well as useful tables and figures on voting patterns and trends in constitutional law.

Violence and Abuse Abstracts
Violence & Abuse Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains 35,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

Women's Studies International (1972 - Current)
Use this resource to find articles dealing with crime and women or justice studies from a feminist perspective.

Determining if a journal is peer-reviewed

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Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Contains information on currently published as well as discontinued periodicals. Includes magazines, journals, newsletters, newspapers, conference proceedings, and electronic publications.

Determine if a Journal is Available in Full-text Online

Use this tool to determine the availability of online or print journals available at Kent State, as well as online titles available through OhioLINK.