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CRIMJ 240W: Field Research in Criminal Justice

An introduction to effective research and source citation in your field of study.

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More public opinion research

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C. It provides information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world. It also conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis, and other empirical social science research.


When searching through databases or LionSearch, using the right keywords can have a large effect on your search results.  If a keyword isn't bringing up the kind of articles you're looking for, try thinking of synonyms or use the Thesaurus or Index at the top of the page (if available).


cannabis versus marijuana (please see This short article on why terminology is important)

jail versus prison versus incarceration

juvenile versus young adult versus teenager versus teen versus adolescent versus adolescence

guns versus firearms

reoffend versus recidivism

death penalty versus capital punishment

quitting smoking versus smoking cessation