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Criminal Justice: Journal articles

Tips for searching for journal articles

Steps for effective database searching:

1.Search using the key concepts in your topic.

2. Consider alternative terms - consider the range of different terminology that authors might use when writing about the concepts in your topic.  Take into account synonyms and related terms, spelling variations, plurals of words.

3. Use truncation to find alternative word endings - on most databases you can use an asterisk (*) at the end of a word stem to locate alternative endings, e.g. victim* to find victim, victims, victimology etc. 

4. Combine your terms - Use AND or OR to combine your search terms. AND - to find articles that contain all terms.  Use an OR between synonyms. 

5. When you find an article that looks useful, look at the subjects or keywords assigned to the article for other ideas to try.

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Video: Searching MultiSearch to find a journal article


Key journals

Browse a full list of criminology journals available through the Library.

Below is a select list of highly ranked journals in the field of criminal justice:

What are journals?

Journals (also sometimes known as periodicals or serials) publish the latest academic research and are usually peer-reviewed or refereed.  The articles have been reviewed to ensure there are no mistakes in the methodology or reasoning.

Find journal articles by using one of the databases below.

Looking for a specific article?  
If you already have the citation for the article you can find the full text by using either:

  • Journals - search using the title of the journal in your search OR
  • Multisearch - search using the title of the article

If the Library doesn't provide access to the journal, you can request a copy through the Interloan service.


Databases for Finding Journal Articles

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