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Possible Topic areas for Evolution of Crime and Deviance Research
Types of Crime
Some possible TYPES OF CRIME to explore
- statutory rape
- sexual battery
- indecent exposure
- lewd acts with a child
- Petty theft
- grand theft
- receiving stolen property
- misappropriation of public funds
- first, second-degree murder
- felony murder
- attempted Murder
- DUI Murder
- involuntary Manslaughter
- voluntary Manslaughter
- personal drug consumption
- securities fraud
- Ponzi schemes
- insider trading
- tax evasion
- money laundering
Domestic Violence/ Child Abuse
- domestic battery/assault
- violation of restraining order
- criminal threats
- child abuse
- child endangerment
- failure to provide care (child neglect)
- elder abuse
- drug trafficking
- drug possession
- drug manufacturing
- under the influence
- human rights violations
Find Background Info, Books, Articles and Audio Video to Support your Ideas
Why Background Info?
An overview or background info of your broad topic area helps you understand:
- what the key issues are and how you may want to refine your topic
- who the stakeholders are (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)
How? Click on the library databases below and type Broad Search Words relating to your topic, such as: mass incarceration
Gale eBooks - Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
Search for authoritative information in subject encyclopedias selected for courses and programs at Green River College
Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)
Full-text viewpoint essays, topic overviews, journal articles, news, and statistics. A great place to find evidence to support argumentative essays.
Browse by topic or keyword to find information covering a broad range of important issues in health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Weekly reports dating back to 1923.
Click on the next tab above ("Then find books, videos, articles") to dig deeper and focus your search.
How to find books, videos and articles?
- Click on the Holman Library One Search below and Combine Search Words relating to your topic, such as: mass incarceration racism justice
- In the Left-Hand Column of the search results page, Filter your search by...
- Peer-reviewed Journals...to give you scholarly analysis or scientific research on a very specific area of your topic
- Books / Book Chapters... to give you an in-depth analysis of the complexity of your large topic
- Newspapers...to give you facts or up-to-date info on your topic
- Audio Visual... to provide first-hand accounts of participants or to view the topic from a documentary angle
You can also use Google Scholar or Google Books to find sources:
Google Scholar allows you to search the web for peer-reviewed article and book citations. You can use these citations to track down the items at Green River or request them by Interlibrary Loan.
If you can't find the full text of an article or book (through library databases or through Google Scholar or on the web), you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. Through this service, you can usually get copies of articles in 3-4 business days and books in 8-10 days.
Look at the the example searches listed below to learn how to better search Holman Library's "One Search" catalog
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- First, you will likely need to perform several searches with different search words
- search #1 = online dating
- search #2 = internet dating
- search #3 = dating websites
- search #4 = online dating culture
- search #5 = online dating norms
- search #6 = "internet daters" attitudes
- Next, filter by "Reference Entries to give you basic background about your topic.
- Then filter by different source types - Peer-reviewed, Books and Audio Visual can be helpful types of sources
- Results may include online sources AND hardcopy sources available on library shelves
Use the Evaluation Criteria Below to Evaluate the Quality of Your Source.
- If your source does not satisfy these criteria, you may want to find a different, more reliable source
- Does the source list a publication or “last updated” date? Where?
- How current must information for your topic be? Why?
- Is older, historical info important for your topic? Why?
- Where do the source’s facts or info come from? How can you tell?
- Does your source take the time to go through a review or editing process before it is published? How do you know?
- What are the author’s or organization’s qualifications, credentials, expertise, affiliations, experience?
- Is the author an authoritative person or organization? What makes the author “authoritative” for your topic?
- Why is this info being published? To inform, teach, sell, entertain, persuade, other? How did you determine this?
- Does the publisher/sponsor have biases? How did you determine this? Is bias acceptable for your topic?
Using NoodleTools to Cite
Log in or create your free student account with NoodleTools using the link below and easily create and store citations.
A useful tool to help you to create correct citations for research papers.
Learning More About Citations
Vide the video and information below to learn more about why citing is so important!
To find video segments in the "Contents" area: Click the carrot or the arrow at the bottom of the video player
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- Place in-text citations in the body of the paper to acknowledge the source of your information. This is meant to be a shortened version of the full citation that appears on the final page of your paper.
- Place full citations for all your sources on the last page entitled References or Works Cited (different citation styles require different titles). Full citations are meant to provide readers with enough information so that they can locate the source themselves.
- APA or MLA are citation styles. Each has different guidelines for how source information (author, title, year...etc.) should be formatted and punctuated for both in-text citations and for the References or Works Cited pages
Librarians are always available to help you!
View the video below to learn more about how the librarians can help you
Find a librarian on staff at the information desk during the library's open hours. This is the best way to contact us if you are on campus, need immediate assistance or have a lengthy or complicated question.
By Chat / Instant Message
Chat with a librarian through the library's chat /instant messaging service. We participate in a program where librarians from all over the country can answer questions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Ask a Librarian
Get help in-person, by email, phone, or 24/7 chat from a librarian!
Email a reference librarian with a reference question at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an alternative to chat IM if you want help from a Green River Community College librarian. Emails will be answered Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
Legal Scholarship Repositories
Open access archive of legal and criminal justice scholarship, some of which are scholarly - VERY HELPFUL:
bepress: Legal Scholarship Repository
Open access archive of legal and criminal justice sources, many of which are scholarly journal articles or are analysis papers written by legal scholars.
Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository
Features a developing collection of law publications and papers from University of California at Berkeley
Example: A search of "police misconduct" returns 30 articles from the California Law Review, Asian American Law Journal, and others, including "From the Community Lawyers' Lens: The Case of the Quincy 4 and Challenges to Securing Civil Rights for Asian Americans"
American Bar Association - Legal Technology Resource Center
This free search engine searches the free full-text of over 300 online law reviews and law journals, as well as document repositories hosting academic papers and related publications such as Congressional Research Service reports.
Viewing tip: for PDF files, click on the "View as HTML" or "Quick View" links for quick viewing.
Selected Sources - Crime and Deviance
Way We Live-Against the Grain: Deviance
Streaming video. 27 minutes. "This program evaluates how we define deviance, looks at the relationship of drug use to violence, and examines the successes and failures of rehabilitation efforts."