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Greetings! I'm honored to be your personal librarian for CJS4050.  

I can help you pick a topic, find articles, or answer any other question.  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!

Sarah Naomi Campbell| | 401-598-5019

Did you know you can also chat or text with a librarian?  It's anonymous, free, and super fast!  Simply click the Ask a Librarian button on our home page!

Scenario: You have to write a paper for a criminal justice class on the topic of criminal justice reform.


Using the ABCD criteria on your handout, work with your team to score the source you are assigned.

Is your source credible? Is it Peer Reviewed?


Consider: Can a source be credible without being peer reviewed?


Let's practice what you've learned by testing your understanding...Ready?  Click the module


Pro-Tip: Each team evaluates ONE of the following sources:

Source 1

Source 2

Source 3

Source 4

Source 5

Source 6

Source 7


ABCD Handout


On campus? Visit the JWU Writing Lab at either the Academic Success Center at Downcity or Harborside for fast and easy help with assignments. Whether you're just getting started or need final editing advice, peer-to-peer and professional writing coaches are super kind and trained to help you at any stage of the writing process. 

For in-person tutoring, help with accommodations for students living with disabilities, and study-skills workshops, contact the Academic Success Center, via USucceed in jwulink, Academics tab.

Top Tips for Working with the Writing Lab:

  1.    Walk-ins welcome; appointments strongly recommended.
  2.    Book an appointment by phone: 401-598-1485
  3.    Book an appointment online via USucceed: in jwulink, click Academics tab.

Did you know you can also submit your paper online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to Smarthinking for seriously awesome feedback within 24 hours?  It's FREE!  Look for the link in jwulink, under the Academics tab, under Tutoring.

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Research Paper 

Before you get started, watch a quick video about Scholarly/Peer Review so you can find high quality, credible sources.


  1. Choose a specific slant to the criminal justice system, such as the impact of mental illness on the death penalty.
  2. Search Criminal Justice or Law Journals, using keywords such as "Capital Punishment" or "Death Penalty" AND "Mental Illness".
  3. To search for Literature Review on your topic, include "Literature Review" in quotes as a search term.
  4. Use the Articles tab from the library's home page and click Full Text
  5. 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 in 1944.:

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.


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.)


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!


Confused about APA?  Don't be!  Simply open this Sample Paper in APA.  Every step is laid out for you - simply follow along, and look for the "' or "Cite" button as you research in databases.

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 (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 It's super easy, and totally simple. This is also a really good time to make an appointment with a writing tutor to make sure your paper is totally perfect and all your citations are good to go.