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ProQuest Criminal Justice


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Introduction

ProQuest Criminal Justice is a comprehensive database supporting research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends. This database covers U.S. and international scholarly journals, it includes correctional and law enforcement trade publications, crime reports, crime blogs, and other material relevant for researchers.

ProQuest Criminal Justice is available to current UTA faculty and students via this webaddresses:

libguides.uta.edu/pqcrimjus

Searching

A truncation symbol in ProQuest Criminal Justice 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, criminalize, 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:

(JUVEN* OR DELINQ*) AND (POLICY OR POLICIES)

The first part of this statement will find material about the juveniles, delinquents, and delinquency. The second part will look for the words "policy" or "policies". The AND then links the first set with the second. This should be an effective way to look for policies for youthful offenders.

Put "quotation marks" around key phrases for an exact match.


John James Dillard, Social Work & Social Sciences Librarian, dillard@uta.edu,

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