Prior to the workshop, you will have completed a 15-minute tutorial to learn how to:
During the workshop you will learn to:
You will receive a printed copy of these handouts during the workshop, but they're also available here:
Peer-reviewed journals are often called scholarly or academic journals. They are different from popular magazines. Articles in peer-reviewed journals:
Research databases usually include an option to filter results to "peer reviewed" or "scholarly" journal articles. This is very handy, but this filter is NOT 100% reliable. And often peer-reviewed journals will include some articles -- such as short book reviews or letters to the editor -- that have NOT been peer-reviewed.
Distinguishes the different types of materials that you will find in scholarly journals, and demonstrates how to spot the scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles.
Always double-check that the article has the features of a peer-reviewed article such as an abstract and extensive in-text citations. If the article is under 5 pages, it probably isn't a peer-reviewed article.
Here's a handy interactive visual tool that shows what to look for:
Still not sure? Ask yourself the questions in this PDF:
Use the KPU Library's search tool called Summon to search (almost) the entire KPU Library collection, all at once. Summon is the big search box on the library's homepage, but I've plugged in a quick search box below.
You will almost always need to tweak and focus your original research topic. You will likely have to do this several times as you explore the published research to craft a topic appropriate to the length of your essay.
North Carolina State University Libraries. (n.d.). Picking your topic IS research [Video]. Youtube. https://youtu.be/Q0B3Gjlu-1o
This video walks you through five steps for narrowing a broad topic to a more-focused research question which will guide your research and writing.
Laurier Library. (2017, December 20). Developing a research question [Video]. Youtube. https://youtu.be/1oJNO6PYZe4
WORKSHEET: Research Question Worksheet: practice applying the video's tips to your topic
Use this box to search hundreds of full-text dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more related to Criminology and Law. This is just part of the full Credo Reference database.
Short video helps you pick the keywords in your research question that will get the best results in a library research database.
Credit: Lloyd Sealy Library at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY).
Credit: Celia Brinkerhoff, Doing Research: A Student's Guide to Finding and Using the Best Sources
Citing your sources properly shows that you have done your research and consulted appropriate sources for your topic. It also acknowledges that all research builds on work that has come before. You are giving credit to sources that have influenced or informed your work. If you do not do this, you are essentially stealing another person's ideas, which is called plagiarism.
Whenever you use another person's ideas (even if you put this into your own words), you must give them credit. You do this by CITING the source you used in two places:
Video credit: Western Sydney University Library. (2020). APA style, 7th edition: Referencing an online journal article [Videorecording]. https://youtu.be/Ntxyx2WhEHU
Most library research databases have built-in citation generators. These are handy tools to create a rough citation, but you ALWAYS need to double-check them. Here is an example from Summon: