Pro-Tip: Each team evaluates ONE of the following sources:
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Pro-Tip: Start with Academic Search Complete by simply clicking the Articles tab on the library's home page.
Use Academic Search Complete to search for articles on specific angles for your Problem & Solution paper. For example, if you're focusing on Texting while Driving use the search box to find scholarly, or magazine articles on "Distracted Driving" or "Cell Phones", along with your angle, such as "Texting Ban" or "Alcohol".
Use Opposing Viewpoints to search for controversial articles on specific angles for your research paper. For example, if your topic is "Texting while driving", use the search box to find different points of view on a Texting Ban. Looking at both sides of a topic makes whatever side you take even stronger, because you can argue a more balanced point of view.
Pro-Tip: Choose Browse Issues to choose from legit hundreds of topics.
Looking for statistics to quote, FAST? Check out this awesome database! Just toss in your search term, and you're good to go.
Research Paper Provide detailed information about an issue in the criminal justice system, focusing on a specific slant.
EX: Research Capital Punishment and Race
Use the Articles tab from the library's home page and click Full Text, and Peer Reviewed/Scholarly.
Add keywords and then click Full Text and Peer Reviewed. Click on an article that interests you. Search for a Subject Term which is hyperlinked and leads to other articles on the same topic. People can also be Subject Terms, such as George Stinney, a black 14 year old boy who was unjustly put to death in 1944.:
People: , Junius, 1929-1944
Foerster, Barrett J., and Michael Meltsner. Race, Rape, and Injustice : Documenting and Challenging Death Penalty Cases in the Civil Rights Era. Knoxville: Univ Tennessee Press, 2012. https://jwupvdz.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=501769&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
Steiker, Carol S., and Jordan M. Steiker. 2015. “The American Death Penalty and the (In)Visibility of Race.” University of Chicago Law Review 82 (1): 243–94. https://jwupvdz.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=102092227&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
Criminal Justice & Law Journals
Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal (Academic, Peer Reviewed Journal)
Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review (Academic, Peer Reviewed Journal)
Crime & Criminal Justice International (Academic, Peer Reviewed Journal)
J Journal: New Writings on Criminal Justice (Examines criminal justice through creative writing, short stories, poems, personal narratives by those involved including law enforcement professionals, lawyers, professors and prison inmates.)
Click the links to the articles for each topic below, and then look at the Subject Terms - these are hyperlinked to MORE articles on your topic and are a great way to further refine your research question. Notice that even a state, a country, or a person could be a Subject Term!
APA may be new to many of you. Let's review the basics!
Start by clicking here, to visit the OWL, which is an awesome, amazing, sweeeeeet website, and your best friend when it comes to APA.
When using APA format, follow the author-date method of in-text citation. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.
If you are referring to an idea from another work but NOT directly quoting the material, or making reference to an entire book, article or other work, you only have to make reference to the author and year of publication and not the page number in your in-text reference. All sources that are cited in the text must appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.
Now, let's play a game! Click here to play with APA
Here's an example of how you would cite in the paragraph itself:
In Black Panther, Coates (2016) portrays the first mainstream black superhero in a graphic novel as the hero we all desperately need, who must overcome overwhelming odds to survive a violent terrorist uprising in Wakanda.
Coates presents strong feminine characters whose perspectives are clearly valued by the main character for their honesty, such as "You have lost your way, my King' (2016, p.1).
APA values the year of publication first and foremost, so it is always present in the text of a paper.
In most instances, introduce a source before you quote or paraphrase, but an in-text citation is acceptable if this is not possible.
According to Field (2015), everything was amazing (p. 245).
(Field, 2015, p. 245)
The authors of another study (2015) agreed (p. 245)
Here's an example of you would cite the full reference at the end of your paper:
Coates, T., Stelfreeze, B., Sprouse, C., Martin, L., (Comic book artist),, Sabino, J., & Meyers, S. (2017). Black panther (Vol. 1, a nation under our feet /). New York, NY: Marvel Worldwide,, a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC.
Confused? Take a look at this sample APA Paper, for detailed help, reach out via our Ask a Librarian chat service, or make an appointment with a Writing Coach at the Academic Success Center.