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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.
Encyclopedia of Police Science by Jack Raymond Greene (Editor)
Call Number: HV7901. E53 2007
Publication Date: 2006-10-23
Crime and Punishment in the United States by Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld
Not sure where to start? Use this Research Process guide to learn more about the different steps of the research process.
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.