CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (Swenson)

Background Info Databases: GVRL & CQ Researcher ..

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Reference Databases
Current Topics Reports

Search or browse the library database CQ Researcher for reports on current topics in criminal justice and more.

Reference-School to prison pipeline


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An overview of your broad topic area helps you understand...

  • what the key issues are and how you may want to refine your topic
  • definitions of key concepts and terminology in the field
  • who are the stakeholders (the groups or individuals this topic concerns)
  • a context of how your topic relates to the other issues that surround it
  • a historical perspective on your topic
  • specialized vocabulary or search words that are used in your field (you will use these words for searches later in your research process)