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Criminology: Getting Started

Get to Know Your Research Topic

You need to get to know your research idea a bit before narrowing it down to a manageable research question for your paper.  The following reference books will help give you the background information you need.  Pay attention to the vocabulary experts in the field use to discuss your idea.  These will usually be the best search terms to use when looking for journal articles and additional books.

Research Help

Meet with a Librarian

Schedule an individual consultation with a research librarian through this link.  A librarian is happy to help you at any point in the research process, from helping you develop a topic for your project, to finding information, to helping with citations. Zoom or in-person available.

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Off-Campus Access

You may access all of our electronic resources from off-campus.  When selecting a database or eBook from the Library website, you will be prompted to enter your Assumption email address and password.