Focus on a narrow aspect of topic
Opinion/point of view
Original/timely source material
Scholarly, Peer Reviewed and/or Refereed Journals generally have:
Rigorous acceptance process by scholars in the field
Author’s credentials presented
Footnotes at the bottom of the page or endnotes at the end of the article
Bibliography or a list of references at the end of the article
Searching in a database is different than searching in Google. Databases do NOT like sentences. So when you are searching for articles in OneSearch or one of our databases, you want to write down as many keywords and phrases that best describe your topic. Once you have those keywords/phrases, try different combinations in order to construct a search strategy. Use the word "and" when combining your keywords/phrases in one of our databases. You do not need link your keywords/phrases with "and" in OneSearch.
Start with keyword(s) and/or phrase(s) that are as specific as possible:
prisoner reentry and voting privileges
reentry and employment
reentry and public safety
female offenders and pregnancy
probation and juveniles
reentry and race
parole and female offenders
probation and juveniles
If you are dissatisfied with too few search results, broaden your search by adding alternative keywords and phrases:
prisoner disenfranchisement or felony disenfranchisement
female prisoners and (motherhood or pregnancy)
Use OneSearch to find journal, magazine and newspaper articles. The OneSearch search box can be found on our library's homepage or click on the search box below:
To search for articles only, click inside the circle to the left of Articles (see above) in the OneSearch search box. You can also limit your results to articles on the left side of the screen when you see your results listed.
If you want peer-reviewed journal articles ONLY, select that option in the OneSearch search box or limit your results once you retrieve your results.
Click on the Available online link in OneSearch and choose the database, or one of the databases under View Online, Try a link below! to access the article you choose. Clicking on one of the online options should open a window directly to your article.
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