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Step-by-Step Guide & Research Rescue: Violence / Crime

This guide will help you understand how to efficiently and effectively do basic research.

Step 1. Locate Violence/Crime Background Information

This guide leads you through the research process for Academic Freedom topics. For general tips on the research process, click on the Basic Research Strategy tab above.
 

Related Subject Guides - Psychology , Sociology, and Political Science.


For Specialized print encyclopedias, use the Social Sciences/Education Reference collection, Level 1:

  • Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2007a)
  • Cybercrime: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2004L)
  • Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice (Soc Sci Ref HV 6017 .E52 2002) - available online through Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment (Soc Sci Ref HV 6017 .E524 2002)
  • Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (Soc Sci Ref HV 6322.7 .E532 2004) - available online through Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Encyclopedia of World Crime: Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Law Enforcement (Soc Sci Ref HV 6017 .E54 1989)
  • Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2006c)
  • Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2005b)
  • Illicit Trafficing: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2005e)
  • Juvenile Justice: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2005h)
  • Profiling and Criminal Justice in America: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2004g)
  • Violence in America: An Encyclopedia (Soc Sci Ref HN 90 .V5 V5474 1999)
  • Violence in the Media: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2005d)

For Specialized online encyclopedias, use the following databases. For subject specific background resources, use the Psychology Subject Guide, the Sociology Subject Guide, and the Political Science Subject Guide..

Step 2. Develop & Narrow Your Topic

After reading Background Resources, you should be able to fill out the following "From Topic to Research Focus" formula.  NOTE: This is NOT the same as your Thesis Statement.  Your Thesis Statement is developed after you read Research Materials about your issue/question, determine your stance, and decide how you will present your attitude/angle/argument. For examples of how to use the "From Topic to Research Focus" rubric, click on the Develop and Narrow Topic tab at the top of this page.

1)  I am researching ______________________________________ (topic)
2)  because I want to find out _______________________________  (issue/question)
3)  in order to ____________________________________________ (application)

Organize your Research Focus into concepts: identify terms, think of synonyms, and organize them using this chart.

(Concept 1) _______________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 1)

AND (Concept 2) ___________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 2)

AND (Concept 3) ___________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 3)

Step 3. Find Research Materials on Violence/Crime topics

For Books use the Books & More search to find specific titles from the bibliographies you noted above. Use the Books & More - Advanced Search to find additional books on your issue question. Referring back to the concept chart above, enter your keyword search, one concept for each box.

For Articles use the Articles & More - Advanced Search selecting Collection: Social Sciences. Referring back to the concept chart above, enter your keyword search, one concept for each box. Click Go to begin the search. Click on the title of the article to read the abstract. Click the Full Text Available and Check for Full Text to view the entire article.

To retrieve additional articles, connect to the databases linked below, or select them from Databases A-Z in the Databases & Journals box on the Library Home Page. Depending on how you have narrowed your subject, other databases listed on the Psychology Subject Guide, the Sociology Subject Guide, and the Political Science Subject Guide. may also be appropriate.

Steps 4 & 5: Evaluating Research Materials & Writing Your Paper

For tips on Evaluating Research Materials & Writing Your Paper, click on the Basic Research Strategy tab above.