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Law Enforcement & Society (CJ 201): Journals

Law Enforcement & Society (CJ 201): This guide's purpose is to help you successfully complete your research assignment. Space is devoted to locating articles, defining journal types, and formatting references.

Assignment Topics

Start your search in subject databases

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.


Peer Review in 5 Minutes

Peer Reviewed Journals

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:

  • Limit the results to peer reviewed articles.
  • You can look at the journal's web site.  If it is peer reviewed, the site usually states it in the directions to the authors or in the journal description.

Examples of peer reviewed journals:

Police Practice and Research
Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
Police Quarterly
Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice

Examples of professional magazines:

         FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
         Police Chief
         FOP Journal
         Corrections Today

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