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Criminal Justice Abstracts



Introduction

Criminal Justice Abstracts provides comprehensive coverage of major journals in criminology, criminal justice, forensics, and related disciplines. For each document, a summary of the findings, methodology, and conclusions is provided. Topics included in this database are: crime trends, crime prevention projects, corrections, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, and youth corrections; police; courts; offenders; victims; and sentencing.

Criminal Justice Abstracts is available to current UT Arlington faculty and students at this web addresses:

libguides.uta.edu/az.php

Searching

A truncation symbol in Criminal Justice Abstracts is an asterisk (*), and when this symbol is put at the end of a word, the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that word. For example, the command CRIM* will search for the words CRIME, CRIMINAL, CRIMINALISTICS, etc.

Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR. Here is an example:

DELINQ* AND (POLICY OR POLICIES)

The first part of this statement should find material with the words delinquent or delinquency. The second part will look for the words "policy" or "policies". The AND links the two sets. This should be an effective way to look for policies dealing with youthful offenders.


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