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Criminal Justice 311 (Online)

Current Crim J 311 Students!!!! (2/2021)

This guide is an old, somewhat outdated one :-(  If you are currently in Crim J 311 you will probably find the resources on the main Crim J guide more up-to-date and expansive: Home - Criminal Justice - LibGuides at Washington State University (

(However...this one is actually not bad for research process stuff, but I'd suggest using Sage Research Methods - linked at the library guide above) 


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Temporary Access, Summer 2021 and following

  • JSTOR  - we have access to ALL their journal content (they divide it into specific collections, and we don’t subscribe to all of them), and the ArtStor database through the end of June *2022*.
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  • We have access to PolicyMap through the end of [updated!] December of 2021. (They have a new version with extra functionality but to download data you have to use the legacy (default) version) - blog at Mapchats Blog | PolicyMap to provide some use cases, etc. 
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About this Guide...

This library guide is intended for students who are taking Crim J 311, Undergraduate Research Methods in Criminal Justice (or other online undergraduate research methods classes) through WSU's Global Campus - or in person!. It includes links (and soon, short/shortish lecture screencasts) that will help you learn about finding and using library resources for research at WSU, including finding scholarly books and articles that you can use in a research proposal literature review and elsewhere.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me - my contact information is at the bottom of this page. If you would like more/different information, or are not understanding what/how I write, please tell me so I can make it better! Further options for assistance are available on the Services for WSU Online Students tab.

       --- Lorena O'English

I work with the criminal justice, political science, sociology, and sport studies departments. I also am the Government Information librarian, and I work with social science data (I'm the ICPSR Official Representative for WSU), and I *also* teach technology classes (the reference management application Zotero, personal information management tools, digital privacy, creating basic ebooks) - email me if you are interested in setting up an online workshop for a group!

Tab To-Do List:

Watch this space on each of the tabs of this CRM J 311 library guide, and follow the instructions.

Related Subject Guides

A complete list of WSU Libraries subject guides is available (or look up above the title of this library guide!)

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