Research Methods in Justice Studies (JUS 66768)
This page is designed to give a general introduction to some of the resources available to you. As you begin to focus on your own research topic, please feel free to set up an appointment with me for research assistance specific to your needs.
To search for the journals which are currently being subscribed to by the libraries for the Department of Justice Studies, you can use the Active Library Serials system.
The system is available at: http://www.library.kent.edu/serials
Additionally, you can search KentLINK for specific journal titles or by keyword (criminal justice and periodicals) to retrieve a list of print and electronic subscriptions.
Tools for locating full-text journal articles
Electronic Journal Center (OhioLINK)
Full-text coverage of selected journals in the areas of arts, humanities, math, medicine, science, engineering, computer science, and social sciences. This link gives the current status of access to EJC titles. For some, links are provided through publishers' web sites.
Use this tool to determine the availability of online or print journals available at Kent State, as well as online titles available through OhioLINK.
JSTOR is an electronic archive of complete journal backruns, current to within 2 to 5 years. The collections include: Arts & Sciences I-VIII, Business Collection I-III, Ecology & Botany, General Science, and Language and Literature. For Kent State University, students and faculty now have access to 381 JSTOR journals representing over 2 million articles.
Locating Justice Studies Journal Articles by Topic
Try these first
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 Also includes books, reports, dissertations, and unpublished papers.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.
Academic Search Complete
Indexes numerous titles in justice studies and related fields. Many of the articles are available full-text.
America: History and Life (1960 - Current)
Use this resource to find articles about the history of crime in the United States.
CQ Researcher (1923 - Current)
Offers a balanced overview of contemporary political and social issues. Each report includes background information, both sides of the debate surrounding the issue, and suggested resources to consult for further information.
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.
Use this resource to find law review articles and case reports. Can also be used to locate news stories relating to justice studies.
LexisNexis State Capital
Provides access to state government information, including legislative information (status of bills, full text of bills, legislative calendars), state statutes, full text of state regulations, information about state legislators and their staffs, and news sources for information on state issues for all 50 states.
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.
Peace Research Abstracts
Peace Research Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to peace research, including conflict resolution, international affairs, peace psychology, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains 115,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.
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.
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.
Resources for Census and Other Statistical Information
This is an excellent gateway to economic and population census data. Data are available for download, in customizable tables or in thematic mapped. The site provides access data from the Decennial Censuses, the Economic Censuses, and the American Community Survey.
This resource from the Geostat Center at the University of Virginia provides Web access to the electronic versions of the 1988, 1994, and 2000 County and City Data Books. This provides the opportunity to create custom printouts and/or customized data subsets.
More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.
Historical Statistics of the United States Millennial Edition Online
Historical Statistics of the United States (HSUS) is the standard source for the quantitative facts of American history. HSUS provides data on social, behavioral, humanistic, and natural sciences including history, economics, government, finance, sociology, demography, education, law, natural resources, climate, religion, international migration, and trade - quantitative facts of American History. The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition permits users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest.
The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States presented in over 600 tables from more than 100 sources.
Statistical tables that summarize data from most government and some nongovernment sources. Major subject areas include: population, vital statistics, education, law enforcement, employment, energy, agriculture, and banking, finance, and insurance. Publications listed are in portable document format (PDF) for the 1995 edition through current edition.
This standard data set from the Federal Bureau of Investigation provides annual data on the volume and rate of crime offenses nationally and by state, as well as various special reports.
ICPSR is an international consortium of over 500 research universities of which Kent State University is a member. Through its membership, Kent State students and faculty have immediate access to a searchable archive of social science data suitable for basic research. ICPSR data sets are designed for conducting statistical analysis and consist of raw, unanalyzed data files and codebooks.
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Provides an archive of data sets for analysis in a range of academic disciplines, including political science, sociology, demography, history, economics, international relations, gerontology, public health, criminal justice, and education. Data collections consist of raw, unanalyzed data files, and codebooks. ICPSR data sets can be downloaded directly to a user's computer for use with statistical software such as SPSS or SAS.
Listings of Social Science Data Archives