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JUS 301: Research Methods in Justice Studies

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Selected Databases for Social Science Research

Academic Search Premier: Also known as Ebscohost. Covers a wide variety of journals in all subject areas including the social sciences. Also covers a lot of popular magazines that are not research-based, so be sure to click the box for "scholarly peer reviewed articles". Use the "advanced search" option to search more effectively.

SocIndex with Fulltext: Searches the same way as Academic Search Premier, but adds coverage for some additional social science journals. You may want to search both databases for a more comprehensive search. Remember to use the "advanced search" option and to click on "scholarly peer reviewed articles". 

Sociological Abstracts: A primary database for research in sociology and related areas. Click on the "peer-reviewed" option to limit your results to just that type of journal article. The search boxes allow you to combine concepts to narrow your search. Example: political attitudes AND college students.

Criminal Justice Abstracts:  Covers major journals in criminology and related disciplines. Searches the same way as Academic Seach Premier and SocIndex. 

Other databases may be relevant, depending upon your topic. You can use the subject pull down menus on the research databases page or check out some of these databases related to justice studies topics:


Communication and Mass Media Complete

PAIS International

Women's Studies International 

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Google Scholar

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