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CJ 5315: Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology: Finding Articles using Databases

This guide was developed for Dr. Angela Jones' CJ 5315 Course.

Searching Multiple Databases & Resources at Once

Suggested Databases

Databases come from the Criminal Justice and/or Sociology subjects on the main databases page. The following list resources are considered core research databases for Criminal Justice research.


Related Databases/Journal Packages:

Citation Indexes

Tips for Finding Empirical Research

Only a few databases have a simple methods to locate empirical research. Using "empirical" as a keyword will find some studies, but miss others. Consider using terminology recommended by the Criminal Justice Abstracts and Sociological Abstriace subject indexes.

Some useful keywords to add to your search are: 

  • Case Studies
  • Empirical Methods
  • Empirical Research
  • Ethnography
  • Experiments
  • Fieldwork
  • Grounded Theory
  • Interviews
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Quantitative Research
  • Surveys
  • Research