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ENF420 Investigative Interviewing (Online)

Research guide to accompany ENF420 online

Evaluating Resources

What does the term "scholarly" mean when we refer to research materials? Follow the links below to learn more about evaluating the research materials that you find through the library and online.

General Search Strategies

This page will provide you with some tips and tricks to make your research a breeze! If you still can't find what you need, please don't hesitate to contact the library! You can find our contact information and more on the Get Help page of this guide.

To get you started, here are some general search strategies:

Keyword Strategies

Use these keywords in a general search in any one of our recommended databases or inside DragonQuest:

  • kinesic interviewing
  • interrogation techniques
  • false confessions
  • invalid confessions
  • body language in interrogations

Subject Strategies

Searching for results by subject heading, rather than by keywords, can help you focus your search in new directions. Consider these subject search options:

  • body language
  • confession (law)
  • false confession
  • interrogation
  • interrogation procedures
  • interviewing in law enforcement
  • nonverbal communication

The following image shows you how to change your search to a subject search by using the dropdown menu inside DragonQuest:

Image shows the dropdown menu selection for "SU Subject Terms" in the DragonQuest search area


Research Starters

Need some extra guidance? Try a Research Starter:

What is a Research Starter?

Research Starters are encyclopedia entries, so they are more of an "idea gathering" mechanism than a scholarly source to support your stance on an issue. They provide you with background information on a broad topic and highlight keywords you can use and/or links to source material to get you started on your research. 

Narrowing DragonQuest Search Results

If you'd like to know how to narrow down your DragonQuest list to only full text, peer reviewed, or specific types of resources, we recommend the following tutorial:

Library Databases

The following list of databases might prove useful for ENF420 discussions and assignments:

Searching for Case Law

FindLaw allows you to search by:

  • Court and/or party name
  • Research type
  • Jurisdiction
  • Practice area

You can also browse various articles and legal documents.

To search for cases on a specific topic within Nexis Uni, look for the "Guided Search" on the Nexis Uni home page. Search cases in certain jurisdictions by keyword and/or date. The Guided Search is shown in the following image:

Image shows the guided search area on the Nexis Uni home page which allows users to select cases, federal or state, by key word and date