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This guide contains information and sources to help you complete your upcoming papers. If you need any further help, please contact Amy Gratz (information at right), or ask a librarian at the Ask Jack desk. 

Note that the resources below are by no means exhaustive! If you cannot find the information you need in the sources below, try to think of other interested parties who might keep track of the information you need. You may also want to check some of the subject-specific databases to find academic articles, depending on your topic.

Academic Resources:

Discovery - an EBSCO service allowing you to search multiple databases and the library catalog simultaneously. This service is made available to us through GALILEO, Georgia Library Learning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Other Databases included in Discovery, but worth searching separately for this class:

    • JSTOR  - provides access to complete back files of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. NOTE: JSTOR is primarily useful for locating older articles. 
    • America: History and Life - Contains journal citations on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
    • SocINDEX with Full Text - SocINDEX with Full Text offers coverage from all subdisciplines of sociology, including criminology, criminal justice, cultural sociology, ethnic & racial studies,  social psychology,  sociological theory,  urban studies, violence, welfare, and many others.
    • PsycINFO - Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations, in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines. 

Criminal Justice - A comprehensive database supporting research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends. As well as U.S. and international scholarly journals, it includes correctional and law enforcement trade publications, crime reports, crime blogs and other material relevant for researchers or those preparing for careers in criminal justice, law enforcement and related fields.

Web of Science - Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Covers both domestic and international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings, and Web sites.

LexisNexis Academic - Many types of publications, virtually all in full text: newspapers, legal news, general interest magazines, government publications (such as the federal case law, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Testimony, etc.), law reviews, and reference works.

Statistical Abstract of the United States - A resource that includes authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. 

Publicly-Accessible Resources:

Georgia Legal Code - available online for free, this resource contains the full legal code of the state of Georgia.

Georgia Government Publications - a variety of publications from the state government.

FDSYS - the Federal Digital System, this website provides access to the official publications of the U.S. Government Publishing Office, including the federal legal code, court opinions, and congressional documents.

Think Tank Search - created by librarians at Harvard Kennedy School, this tool will allow you to search hundreds of think tank websites at one time. This page also includes a directory of US-based think tanks and think tanks around the world.

Locating nonprofits interested in this issue: National Council of Nonprofits and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits are both resources for nonprofits located here, but you can use their websites to locate basic information about nonprofits, some of which might have publications or statistics you can use to make your case.

Useful Information:

Search Strategies and Tips - describes a variety of different search strategies that can help you research more efficiently.

Evaluating Information - a basic guide to evaluating sources. When looking at statistical data, you should check into who collected and/or reported the data. Most importantly, think about the data you find - does it make sense? Do the numbers seem off in any way? Try to verify facts whenever possible.

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