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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Off Campus Access
- Starting Your Research
- Criminal Justice Research Guide
- Using Criminal Justice Journals
- Find Journals
- Finding Journal Articles for Research
- Getting the Full-text of the Research Article
- Interlibrary Loan and MeLCat
- Reference Books and Online Books
- Useful Guides
- Plagiarism and Citations
- Handouts and More Information
CRIM 650 - Reifert
Criminal Justice Materials at FLITE
FLITE Distance Education Library Services
Every person in this class will be off-campus at some time during your coursework. Our Distance Education web site should help you with any questions you may have about reaching FLITE from wherever you are. Be sure to use it whenever you have questions about using FLITE from anywhere off-campus.
If you have questions about finding and researching a topic, use this FLITE tutorial:
Getting Started With Your Research
Remember, avoid plagiarism by properly citing your sources. Please go to the Citations web page to learn how.
Our Criminal Justice Research Guide can help you select the right resources to use.
Journals provide an excellent way to access scholarly research-worthy information in your field. You can access journals in two different ways:
- Look for a particular journal title and read the articles within it.
- Use a journal database, which will return articles from many different journals on a single topic.
Try using both methods while you are learning more about your field.
Use "Find Journals" to go to the specific full journals themselves. These journals may be available in the library in physical format: print for current issues, and bound volumes, microfilm, or microfiche for older copies. You may also be able to access the journal directly online. To look up whether FLITE owns a particular journal, use the Journals tab from the Library Catalog, or select Find-Journals from the drop-down menu to reach Find a Periodical to search for the journal title.
Remember to use the journal title, not an article title for your search. If you use this method, you may want to go to the journal's web site presence (if it has one) and read the "About Us" or "FAQ" information about the journal online to see if it will suit your needs. Remember from our discussion, most likely you will not be able to read the full-text of the article on the free Web. That's where you need to use Find a Periodical.
To find journal articles on a particular topic, use one or more of the Databases available through the FLITE web site. These databases index thousands of journal titles. Some provide full-text, but others only provide citations or abstracts.
Some of the databases we recommend you try include:
Once you've found citations relevant to the topic you're working with and you need to get a copy of the articles, you'll need to verify whether FLITE owns the particular journal in which each article was published. Many databases now have a link called "Find It", which gives you the range of options available to find the material. If the full text of the article is available, you will be able to find the article by clicking on the link.
Sometimes the Find It button will provide a link to the Online Catalog. This indicates that the journal is found in FLITE's print collection.
If the only message you see is "Interlibrary Loan", you will need to order the article. By clicking on the red GO button provided, you will be directed to the ILLiad Logon screen. You will need to register the first time you reach the screen, by clicking on the words "First Time Users". Sometimes the red GO button will provide a link to the Online Catalog. This indicates that the journal is found in FLITE's print collection.
Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by FLITE to request articles and books that FLITE does not own. Most often this service is used when searching for articles in FLITE databases, and you are directed through the "Find It" button to request the item. The first time you use this service, you will need to register with ILLiad, our Inter-Library Loan service. Click on the words "First Time Users" to register. You will complete a form, creating a username and password which will be used for future requests. Article requests are emailed to you in 5-10 business days (ferris email preferred), and books will be mailed to you if you are an off-campus student. On-campus students may pick up books at the Checkout Desk.
Reference books are a great way to gather background, explore topics, and gain a general understanding about a variety of topics. Printed reference books are located on the First Floor.
Reference Books in digital format can be reached at the Online Reference Resources page. Try the Criminal Justice subject heading.
FLITE offers thousands of titles as online books or e-books/electronic books that can be accessed anywhere over the Internet. This Guide to Finding Online Books will help you access online books through the FLITE library catalog.
Guide to Searching Academic OneFile and General OneFile
Guide to Searching Wilson SelectPlus
Plagiarism is a term used frequently by professors and FLITE librarians, so you've probably heard it many times. But most students are unclear about all the ways plagiarism can occur in student work. We highly recommend that you take the following tutorial to learn all the ins and outs of plagiarism.
Plagiarism Tutorial - Dr. Cite Right (developed by Central Piedmont Community College Library)
Here are four suggestions to keep in mind as you work to avoid plagiarism in your papers:
- Take accurate notes - write down where you found the ideas
- Record the complete citation information for each item
- Use quotation marks for direct quotes
- Credit the original author, give dates, and remember to cite ideas
Plagiarism is a serious problem in college research. It is crucial you learn how avoid it as you write your papers. Give credit to others where credit is due, and learn how to do it properly by using other tutorials from our Plagiarism guide.
FLITE Plagiarism Guide
Don't forget the FLITE Citation Guide to help you cite your papers properly.
Citation Style Guide: APA (PDF)
An online version of FLITE's APA Quick Reference handout, also requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
APA List of References
More examples of how cite different types of sources using the APA format.
Copies of the full-length APA manual (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed.) and the new style guide for APA electronic resources are found in the Ready Reference section on Floor 1 of the library near the Oval Information Desk or at the Desk itself. Reference Librarians can help you if you call (231-591-3602) or chat with them.
Search Engines, Directories, MetaSearch Engines and the Invisible WebSearch Engines Table from University of California at Berkeley
Recommended Subject Directories from University of California at Berkeley
MetaSearch Engines from University of California at Berkeley
The Invisible or Deep Web
The Four Content Layers of the World Wide Web
Search Tools: A List of Search Engines, Directories, and MetaSearch Engines
Evaluating Web SitesCriteria for Evaluating Web Sites
Web Page Evaluation Checklist from University of California at Berkeley
Internet Evaluation Exercise
Contact: Kristen Motz / Email / Phone: 231-591-3625 / Office: FLITE 140H
Don't forget, you are welcome to come to the Oval Information Desk and ask for help any time. You can also call us 231-591-3602 or chat with us.
Last update: August 26, 2008