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Sociology & Social Work Research Guide: Criminal Justice

A research guide for Point Loma Nazarene University students. How-to guide to access print, database articles and quality Internet resources.

Online books from Ryan Library

You can access online full-text books from Ryan Library's subscription databases. 
Use your PLNU Network ID and your PLNU Network password. 
These two items are the same information you use to access your PLNU Gmail account.

Ebrary: Academic Complete  Note the various categories.  The categories of "Law" and "Social Sciences" may be the most helpful on Criminal Justice issues but you may find others helpful as well.  Become familiar with the drop-down menus in the search boxes..

EBSCO eBooks Collection  Note under the basic search box is an advance search link.  Use this option to fine tune your search using the drop-down menus.

Cambridge Histories Online Note The Cambridge History of Law in America.  In volume 3 is chapter 6, "Criminal Justice in the United States."

Accessing articles from Ryan Library

You can access online full-text articles from Ryan Library's subscription databases.  Use your PLNU Network ID and your PLNU Network password.  These two items are the same information you use to access your PLNU Gmail account.

Using journal articles will bolster your research paper's credibility.  Journal articles are peer-reviewed and are published only after rigorous examining by experts in the field of study.  It is also good to note that professors like to see journal articles cited in your papers.

Note the Find Articles tab above.  There you'll find recommended databases for the social sciences.