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Criminology

Research Tips

Before You Begin - A Checklist

To successfully find information you will need:

  • a well-defined topic
  • a keyword list with at least 3-4 main keywords to use in your search
  • a list of questions to answer or an "information wishlist"
  • an understanding of the kind of items you hope to find (academic? media? reports?)
  • places to search

Strategy

Example

 Use "quotation marks" for exact-phrase searching
  • "video games"
  • "British Columbia
  • "freedom of the press"
  • "needle exchange"
Search for keywords within specific fields - use the drop-down list beside the search box.
  • Title
  • Subject Terms
  • Journal Title
  • Abstract
 Use suggested topics, subjects and thesaurus terms for more refined searching  
 Use the available limiter options (left side of results page)
  • Full Text (excludes books)
  • Peer Reviewed (Scholarly) Articles (excludes books)
  • Publication Date
  • Format
  • Subject
  • Geography
Use narrower keywords
  • video games > first person shooters
  • safe-injection sites > Insite
  • Vancouver > Hastings Street, Downtown Eastside
Check "Books & Media" to find just books, ebooks and media  

Strategy

Example

 Use "OR" to look for versions of the same concept (synonyms, related words)
  • child OR youth OR teen
  • safe-injection OR "needle exchange" OR Insite
  • Vancouver OR "British Columbia" OR "Lower Mainland"
  Use * [shift+8] after a word's root to search all endings
  • Canad* = Canada, Canadian, Canadians, Canadiana
  • "video gam*" = video game, video games, video gaming
  Use broader keywords
  • video games < media < entertainment
  • safe-injection < harm reduction policies < drug addiction
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Suggested Databases

The scholarly databases below are more specialized than the Library's general Discovery search, and typically focus on a single field or related areas of research. If appropriate, try searching for your keywords in multiple databases to get a range of results.