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Criminal Justice

Resources in the field of Criminal Justice

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Case Studies

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Check out our Case Studies guide for tips for locating and creating Case Studies, as well as some examples!

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ENF621 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.

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:

  • Evidence-based policing
  • Community policing
  • Social media and policing
  • American policing problems
  • Hot spot policing
  • Systematic Review AND Law Enforcement
  • Triple T AND Law Enforcement
  • Problem-Oriented Policing
  • Uniform Crime Reporting Program
  • Repeat Offenders
  • Excessive Use of Force
  • Police Brutality

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:

  • Police policies and procedures
  • Police-community relations
  • Problem-oriented policing
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Evidence-Based Law Enforcement
  • Police Reform
  • Acceptance and commitment training
  • Police Training
  • Violent Crime Statistics
  • FBI Uniform Crime Reports

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:

APA Style Help

If you'd like additional guidance on using Academic Writer, we recommend the following tutorial: