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Criminal Justice

This research guide is for students studying criminal justice at Lone Star College--North Harris.

Keywords

What Is Your Research Topic?

Once you have made a decision, you should generate keywords. Keywords are search terms that you use when searching for information about your topic. The above video explains how you can write keywords. Watch it, then continue reading this section.

Once your instructor has approved of your choice of a research topic, you should create keywords for that specific theory. Keywords, which will be your search terms, should not be too broad or too narrow. You could, for example, start with a broad topic of public defenders. Then you could narrow this topic by applying particular issues, populations, or locations to that broad topic as follows:

  • public defenders and funding
  • public defenders and funding and Texas
  • public defenders and African Americans
  • public defenders and criminal appeals

Searching the Databases

Database Basics

Once you have made a decision, you should generate keywords. Keywords are search terms that you use when searching for information about your topic. The above video explains how you can write keywords. Watch it, then continue reading this section.

Once your instructor has approved of your choice of a communication theory, you should create keywords for that specific theory. Keywords, which will be your search terms, should not be too broad or too narrow.

Three Databases to Search

There are three particular library databases that are ideal for criminal justice research. They are structured the same, so the video tutorial below applies to all of them.

Depending upon your assignment requirements, you may wish to limit your search results to peer-reviewed journals.

Best Journals for Criminal Justice Research

Important Journals in Criminal Justice

Criminal justice faculty members have recommended that students use these scholarly journals for their research.

Criminal Justice Statistics

How to Find Criminal Justice Statistics

Consult these websites for US and Texas criminal justice statistics.

Information on Major Topics

Major Topics in Criminal Justice

Criminal justice faculty recommend that students use these scholarly sources when researching major topics in the field.

APA Documentation

This is our video that introduces APA documentation. I urge you to watch the entire video carefully before starting to write your paper or annotated bibliography. It is much easier to cite correctly as you go along, rather than try to fix your documentation after you have written your paper.

This is our complete APA guide, which goes into more detail about citing sources and formatting correctly.

It includes our sample paper. When you're writing a paper, you can model the formatting of your paper after this one.

If you are unsure how to set up the formatting in Microsoft Word so that it fits the requirements for APA formatting, you could instead download this blank Word document that has the formatting already set up for you.

Note!

Page numbers are only used in direct quotations.

If you are paraphrasing or referencing ideas from a text, then you do not have to include the page number. 

 

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