This guide has been designed to give you easy access to the resources most frequently used for research methods in criminal justice. The home page of this LibGuide will provide you with information about how you can contact the librarians for assistance. This page will help you find the materials you will need to complete the assignments in your course. Use the tabs on the top of the page to access specific resources. Those resources include:
Article Types - Examples of two different types of scholarly articles published in academic journals.
Finding Articles - When you click on this tab, you will find an annotated list of the electronic databases used most frequently for criminal justice and related fields. As criminal justice is an interdisciplinary subject you will find useful articles in a wide variety of unexpected databases including ScienceDirect. These databases will provide you with access to articles appearing in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals as well as items published in popular sources such as news magazines, newspapers, and trade publications. This page will also provide you with a link to Google Scholar and the library's full-text finder (the tool you can use to determine if we have electronic access to a particular journal.)
Reference Sources - For background information, definitions, and basic facts consult the encyclopedias, dictionaries, and statistical sources listed on this page. Located in the Reference section on the first floor. Reference items are for use only in the library. Criminal justice materials are shelved in the HV section of the collection. Ask a Reference librarian if you have any questions.
Finding Books and Videos - This page will give you access to HillSearch, which lists books, audio-visual materials, and government documents held in our library. WorldCat provides information about materials in libraries across the country and around the world. It can be used to order items from interlibrary loan.
Literature Review - Access to a web page from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This handout explains how to form and write a literature review.
Citing Your Research - A direct link to the APA citation style LibGuide.
If you need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to get in touch with a reference librarian.
Although the library is closed over the winter break, library services remain available. Librarians are available by text, phone, and Zoom. Many of the library's resources are available electronically. If you have any questions, please call The Desk at 508-565-1313. Safety measures have also called for some additional changes in library operations. You can learn more about them on the FAQ page of the library website.
Students who wish to meet with a librarian can make an appointment using LibCal.