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ILS2120 Capital Punishment


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I can help you pick a topic, find articles, or answer any other question on your Capital Punishment Research paper.  Seriously.  I got you!

I share office hours with an awesome team of librarians, so if you'd like some one-on-one help click here to book an appointment or let me know a time that works for you We're here for you!

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Research Paper Provide detailed information about an aspect of Capital Punishment.


  1. Choose a specific slant to capital punishment, such as the impact of race or class on capital punishment.
  2. Search Criminal Justice or Law Journals, using keywords such as "Capital Punishment" or "Death Penalty" AND "Race" OR "Class". 
  3. Use the Articles tab from the library's home page and click Full Text
  4. Make an appointment with a Research Librarian for help

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:

People: STINNEYGeorge 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.

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.

Search in Sage Database using the same keywords to find articles.

Criminal Justice & Law Journals

Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (Academic, Peer Reviewed Journal)

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.)

Did you know you can copy and paste citations if you use the library's databases?

1. Save time -  look for the "Cite" Button or " " icon.

2. Scroll to the style you need (Chicago, MLA, APA)

3. Copy and paste the full citation into your paper

Ta Da!  You're done!  Well, almost.  Sometimes weird formatting issues happen, so always double check your work.



Need help with in-text citations or more complicated citations?  Use the OWL for Chicago, MLA, or APA It's super easy, and totally simple.  It's super easy, and totally simple. This is also a really good time to make an appointment with a writing tutor or submit your paper to Smarthinking (both in JWULInk, Academics) to make sure your paper is totally perfect and all your citations are good to go.