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CRJ 111: Intro to Criminal Justice: Finding Academic Articles

Database Search Tips

Choose one of the databases on the left hand side. For the example below is Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text. 

I am going to type in keywords based off of the main topics of my research. Do not write sentences! 


Before I begin looking at article titles, I'm going to limit my results to FULL TEXT and make sure the years are recent. On the left hand side of the database, you'll see those boxes to refine your search. 


When you find an article you like, there are a few things you should know. 

- Read the abstract first and ask yourself two question: 1. Do I understand it? 2. Can it help me with my research? If the answer is no for either of those questions, find another article. Remember, it's absolutely okay if you don't understand the abstract, these academic articles are written for experts in the field. 

- If you want to find more articles, use the subject terms listed as keywords for a new search 

- If you like the article, on the left hand side, there's a PDF link. When you click on that, it'll take you to the article where you would either save the PDF or print it 

- On the right hand side of the article record, you have a few options. You could save the article to your Google Drive, download the file, or email it to yourself. 

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