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Criminal Justice Subject Guide: Start Researching

Guide to researching Criminal Justice topics.

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Conversations in Criminal Justice

The August 2020 issue of Criminology and Public Policy has articles by top researchers on a range of policing issues. A few of the articles are below. Castleton has full text access to all issues of Criminology and Public Policy, which is one of the leading journals in the field. 

 Isidoro Rodriguez (2021) Can We Lower Urban Violence Without Police? The Crime Report 

“Urban violence is not intractable, it’s not an impossible challenge,” said Thomas Abt, Senior Fellow at the CCJ and Director of the National Commision on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice. “We can reduce urban violence, we have on many different occasions, and these strategies are cost effective, they’re proven, they don’t require new legislation, and they don’t even require deep institutional reforms.”

Doyle L. and  Nebmhard S. (2021) Police Traffic Stops Have Little to Do with Public Safety. Urban Institute. Washington, D.C. 

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Topics & Background Information

Need to select a topic or find background information on your topic?  Search for your topic in Credo Reference:


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Citing Sources

Free Citation Managers

Citation managers make it easy to organize and cite references in class papers. You can set the citation manager to any citation format (APA 7th, MLA, Chicago, etc.). ZoteroBib is the best choice for a single paper with less than 20 references. Zotero and Mendeley are better for organizing scores of references on a subject in order to cite them in multiple papers or in a large paper.  

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Start your research in Castleton OneSearch or one of the databases below. 

Selecting Sources

Selecting and evaluating sources is about credibility - the credibility of the authors of the sources and your own credibility.  Consider the quality of the source, whether the author is trustworthy on that topic, and what the source offers (does it offer facts? an opinion? a new idea?).  

Not sure which sources are best? View this Evaluating Sources for Credibility video.

New Research Alerts

By signing into CastletonOneSearch with your Castleton login, you can create RSS email or text alerts that inform you about new research. Below is a RSS Feed showing new journal articles added to Castleton database which discuss COVID and criminal justice topics (corrections, policing, etc.). 

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Below is a RSS Feed showing the most recent peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from a search of Castleton OneSearch for the search below. 

bail OR pretrial in the title 

 AND reform* in the title

The asterisk after reform (reform*) finds reform or reforms or reforming 

Full results of the search 

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Below is a RSS Feed showing the most recent peer-reviewed journal articles found by a search of Castleton OneSearch for the search below. 

police OR "law enforcement" in the subject (indexing) field

 "use of force" OR "police shoot*" OR "officer involved shoot*" in the abstract (summary) field 

The quotes find exact terms like "use of force".   

The asterisk is what librarians call a wildcard. It finds words with similar endings. "Officer involved shoot* finds officer involved shooting and shootings.

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