Attention Researchers: New Databases for Criminal Justice and Geology

Just in time for the new Criminal Justice Studies program, we’ve subscribed to two new research tools, Criminal Justice Abstracts, and Criminal Justice Periodicals. Searched on the Ebsco platform, Criminal Justice Abstracts contains comprehensive coverage of international journals, books, reports, dissertations and unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines. Prepared in co-operation with the Don M. Gottfredson of the Library of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University Law Library, the Abstracts cover crime trends, crime prevention and deterrence, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, police, courts, punishment and sentencing. The database contains indexes and summaries of international journal articles, books, and governmental and non-governmental reports on a wide range of topics in criminal justice. Coverage is historical and current, with links to full text when available through our other databases. As always, if the text is not available, you may request articles through Interlibrary Loan; book titles may be searched in our catalog or requested through ILL.

On the ProQuest platform, Criminal Justice Periodicals is a comprehensive database of U.S. and international criminal justice journals. The database provides research support for faculty and students interested in careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security. The database includes abstract and indexing for 250 titles, with more than 100 available in full-text. Sample titles include Journal of Forensic Identification; Crime, Law, and Social Change; Law Enforcement Technology; and New Criminal Law Review.

For faculty and students in geology and earth science studies, the new GeoScienceWorld (GSW) includes peer-reviewed articles and other materials with linked reference lists from more than 30 high-impact journals in a broad range of geoscience areas. The digital collection is updated continuously with the most current journal issues. All journals have a minimum of one back year, and most in the database start with the year 2000. A primary strength of GSW is the ability to search full text in a linked collection, but it is also integrated with GeoRef, the premier abstracting and indexing database in the field. Additional journals will be added annually, and over time, GSW will seek to offer access to other research information such as monographs, maps and data sets. The library continues to offer GeoRef separately through the Ebsco platform.

Access to these research tools is through the library’s Databases page. Questions? Contact the Reference Desk at 812-464-1907, or email libref@usi.edu.

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