Datebase criminal justice

| March 10, 2016

1. First, become familiar with the electronic databases in your field. You can do so either by attending a workshop in your university library or by reading the documentation and practicing on your own. Note that many libraries (including GSU) now allow you to search their databases on-line from your home, but you will need to use your university computer account to do so. Once you are familiar with the databases, select one to complete the following steps. (Please identify the one you selected) 2 points
2. Clear the topic you want to work on with the instructor, search the database using a simple phrase (as described in your notes) that describes this topic. How many sources did the search produce? 4 points
3. Retrieve two or three records (articles) from your search and locate the lists of descriptors. Present the list of descriptors for each record. Compare the three lists and note the areas of commonality as well as difference. 6 points
A. Write down the exact wording of three descriptors that relate to your intended topic. 2 points
B. Compared to the simple phrase you used when you started, do you think these descriptors are more specific or more general? Why? 4 points
4. Now use the descriptors you just located to modify the search. Show how you modified search.
A. First, modify the search to select more records. Explain what you did and present the number of records found 2 points
B. Then, modify the search to select fewer records. Explain what you did and present the number of records found 2 points
C. Use the connector AND, did it result in more or fewer sources? Why do you think this happened? 4 points
D. Use the connector OR, did it result in more or fewer sources? Why do you think this happened? 4 points
5. If necessary, narrow the search further until you have between 100-200 sources, and print out the search results. Submit printout electronically.
A. Carefully scan the printed list to identify several possible subcategories (consult your notes). List categories. 4 points
B. Compare the new categories to your original topic. Explain your findings. 4 points
C. Redefine your topic more narrowly, and identify the articles that pertain to your new topic. Prepare a typed list of these articles (must present at least 10). 6 points

Galvan, J. L. (2013). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (5th ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.

you can use grambling state university library go to the website click on academic then scroll down to library once you do that an our can find something on criminal justice

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