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Criminal Justice: Tutorials and Academic Guides

Search Strategy

Start research with a search plan.  Try these steps:

  • Choose keywords that describe your topic or do a Subject Search for a person or topic. 
  • Decide what kinds of information you need to include  - background information, articles, books, statistics.  Different types of assignments require one or multiple types of information.
  • Start research on your topic by using a "one search" tool like NUMA or Proquest Central.  You can also search databases or book catalogs individually.
  • Keep track of references you plan to use in your bibliography by using Zotero or another citation manager.  

Crime Scene


         Photographer: Kat Wilcox  2017  Public Domain 

         Website for Arkansas State Crime Laboratory