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Criminal Justice: Find Articles

Looking for Articles

Use research databases to search for articles. Most databases allow you to limit to scholarly or peer reviewed articles. Some databases will return full text articles, and abstracts or summaries of articles.

Use the GET ARTICLE or LINK TO FULL TEXT link to see if an article is available in another database. If an article is unavailable through Monmouth University Library it may be requested through 
Interlibrary Loan

Subscription databases are available to Monmouth University students, faculty and staff. For remote log in, use your university username and password.

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Journal Locator

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Use the Journal Locator to search for or within a journal or periodical.

Enter the title of the periodical, such as American Historical Review, College English, or the Wall Street Journal. The Locator will let you know if MU has access to the title.


Scholarly & Peer Reviewed   Beyond Library Collection
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Best Databases for Criminal Justice

Use these databases to find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles for criminal justice topics.

Other Databases

Multisubject Databases

Legal Databases

Subject Specific Databases


Popular Scholarly Trade
Audience All readers Scholars and students Professionals working in a specific field
Appearance Glossy paper, many ads and pictures Research articles with data and graphics, few pictures Glossy paper, short articles, ads and pictures
Author Freelance writers or journalists Professors, scholars or teachers in the field Members of the profession
Purpose Entertain and inform Publish new research in the field Keep professionals up to date with trends in the field
References Very few citations References are listed at the end of the article Very few citations
Authority Articles reviewed by magazine's editors Articles undergo peer-review by scholars within the same field Articles reviewed by magazine's editors
Frequency Published weekly or monthly Published a few times a year, quarterly Published weekly or monthly
Examples Time, People Criminal Justice Research Advertising Age, Education Week

Reference Resources


Some keywords to consider:

  • law enforcement
  • criminal statistics
  • criminal sentences
  • violence
  • social conditions
  • legislation
  • juvenile delinquency
  • juvenile offenders
  • prisons
  • victims of crime
  • gangs

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar searches the internet for scholarly articles and often provides an abstract. Use the Journal Locator to see if the Library has access to the full text. If Monmouth doesn't have access, use Interlibrary Loan to request an article.