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CRMJ 2244 - Criminology: Find Articles

Searching for Articles

College research often requires in-depth analysis of your topics. Enter keywords related to your topics into the databases below to find specific, detailed research and review articles.

Search Techniques & Strategies

Quotation Marks/Phrase Searching

Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase, this narrows a search. Example: "serial killer"

Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT

Andnarrows a search by inclusion. Example: "serial killer" and psychology

Orexpands a search. Example: "serial killer" or "serial murderer"

Notnarrows a search by exclusion. Example: "serial murderer" not "mass murderer"


Truncation, usually using an asterisk*, increases the number of results you'll retrieve by searching for variant endings of a word root.
Example: kill* will find: kill, killed, killer, killing

Your search strategy will combine keywords related to your topic using the search techniques described above. Here are a couple examples:
                        1. "serial killer" or "serial murderer"
                        2. "serial kill*" and law

This search strategy is what you will type into the search box in a library database or Google to find sources about your topic.

Relevant Databases

First Search Here

Enter a Search Term:


Google Scholar

Searching Library Databases

A database is a collection of sources including books, ebooks, magazines, journals, and newspapers. The short video below describes how to run a search in FiSH. FiSH (First, Search Here), searches most of the library resources using one simple search box. To access FiSH, visit the Library Home Page.

More video tutorials available on the Lakeland Library Youtube Page.

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