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Welcome to the Subject Research Guide for Criminology.
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It is important to critically analyse information before you use it in an essay, report or assignment. These websites suggest how to evaluate the quality of different types of information. For further assistance with this, please ask in the Library.
Sage Research Methods
Supporting research at all levels Sage Research Methods brings you books, chapters, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos. See Case Studies of real research projects and practice on Datasets (these can also be used for teaching).
The Methods Map can help those less familiar with research methods to find the best techniques.
More tips, videos and guidance available a the Sage Research Methods help pages.
Top Resources from the A-Z
Use these databases to find journal articles.
SocINDEX with Full Text This link opens in a new window
Provides full text access to articles realted to all aspects of sociology and the social sciences
Web of Science Core Collection This link opens in a new window
Provides access to the Citation Indexes for: Science; Social Sciences; Arts & Humanities; Conference Proceedings and Books. Use for finding journal articles and conference papers. Databases can be searched simultaneously or select specific databases using the More Settings option.
Scopus This link opens in a new window
The largest international abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources. Searches 45.5 million records from 5,000 different publishers covering many different subjects.
Criminal Justice Abstracts with full text This link opens in a new window
Provide full text of articles related to criminology, criminal justice, criminal law, policing, prisons, substance abuse and addiction, probation and parole.
Political Science Complete This link opens in a new window
Provides full text access to articles and conferences paper related to all aspects of political science.
PsycINFO This link opens in a new window
Index to over 1.5 million journal articles, book chapters and dissertations all in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law. Journal coverage starts in 1887.
Public Affairs Index This link opens in a new window
An index to articles related to global public policy ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, international conflict and natural disasters
Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law This link opens in a new window
Indexes journal articles on legal topics. Many of these articles are from non-law journals and are not indexed by other legal databases. Coverage is from 1958-2007, so this database is particularly useful for researching the history of legal developments.
Although it is part of HeinOnline, this database is not full text - use the library catalogue to check the availability of any useful articles.
Literature Search Planning Template
Searching a database
Database searching video
This video is about how to search for journal articles in a database. It includes planning a search, a database search demo, and tips for getting the best results. There are activities within the video, you can use the downloadable search template (see above link) to plan your search, and carry out your own search in the database.