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Criminal Justice Research Guide

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Protesting the Murder of George Floyd, Washington DC
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Students in Criminology and Justice Studies at UMass Lowell research emerging issues confronting the criminal justice system, including

✦ violence and victims 
✦ justice-involved mental health populations
✦ police innovations 
✦ data-driven practice
✦ national and international security.

Purpose of this Guide

This guide shows how to use the library to carry out research in the field of justice studies. The guide includes support content showing how to use the library's criminal justice databases to complete your research paper. From here, you can learn to:

✦ use the library to find a topic
✦ find books on your topic 
✦ use Interlibrary Loan to get books titles not owned by UML
✦ find articles on your topic 
✦ get full text access to those articles
✦ cite your sources

✦ find help.

Google vs. the Library

Starting your research in Google can be useful; however, the results you get may be too broad for the needs of your topic. More importantly, you may find the perfect article but it is behind a paywall, when all the time that SAME article is available to you free if you start your search at the library homepage. Watch the video to discover why the library is different.

If you cannot access the above video, you can watch it here

To find databases, go to the library website and click on Databases in the menu at left.

screen shot of uml library home page

 

The resulting page will be the library's A-Z list of databases.