Following are the best tools to find articles in criminal justice:
Academic Search Complete . Full-text articles from a set of 800 core journals
NCJRS Abstracts Database . A federal-government database. Contains summaries of the more than 220,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources housed in the NCJRS Library collection. Provides more complete coverage of the subject than the database above, but you may have to request some articles from other libraries, so expect a delay of up to three days for the arrival of articles we do not own.
Scopus. Coverage includes articles from related fields. Provides data on how many times an article has been cited by other researchers.
Your literature review requires four articles from peer reviewed journals.
Articles published in peer reviewed journals went through an evaluation process before they were accepted for publication.
Experts evaluated each manuscript's content with criteria such as accuracy, reliability, validity, and writing style. They made recommendations for acceptance or rejection.
To determine if an article is peer reviewed:
Examples of peer reviewed journals:
Police Practice and Research
Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Examples of professional magazines:
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin