Criminal Justice Periodicals Index

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Introduction

Criminal Justice Periodicals from Proquest offers Covers practical issues in crime prevention and deterrence, juvenile delinquency, police issues, and courtroom procedures. Around 200 U.S. and international journals are indexed. CJPI also provides complete articles in full text, page image, or Text plus Graphics format from 45 of the nearly 200 journals offered. The database coverage extends from 1981 to present and it is updated weekly.

Introduction to CJPI in Proquest Database.
Introductory screen of Proquest-CJPI.

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Accessing


This database may be accessed from the Electronic Resources Section of the Alvin Sherman Library website.

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Searching

The default search in ProQuest is the Advanced Search mode. To choose one of the other search modes, click on Basic Search, Topic Guide, or Publication Search.

To construct an Advanced Search in ProQuest

  • type your search term(s) in the entry box(es)
  • click on Search to obtain a list of records

Advance Search Screen in Proquest Criminal Justice Periodicals.
Advance Search Screen in Proquest Criminal Justice Periodicals.

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Search Results

Search results will vary. If you get:

  • No records matched your search, then check your spelling or the fields you searched in.
  • Too many, then go back and limit your search. Sometimes a search needs to be modified with: additional search words, searching only a specific field, adding date limitations, or type of materials.
  • Too few, then go back and expand your search. Consider synonyms for your search words or concepts. Try to use professional language or terminology.
  • Irrelevant results, then try new search terms. Consider synonyms or related concepts. Identify and search using descriptors. Try a different database.

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Managing Search Results

Databases typically allow you to manage your search results by utilizing the option below:

  • printing your search results list and/or specific records
  • saving your search results list and/or specific records–some databases may allow you to save your file for export into commercial bibliographic citation manager software, such as EndNote or ProCite

Not all search management features are available in all databases.

Marking
The “mark” feature allows you to select records from within your search results. By marking items, you can print or email multiple records at one time.

To mark a record

  • in the Search Results list, click in the check box to the left of a title
  • in an Article Display, click in the check box labeled Mark article–top of screen

Marking records in ProQuest.
Marking records in ProQuest.

To view your list of marked records

  • click on the Marked list tab–near the top of the screen

Marked list in ProQuest.
Marked list in ProQuest.

You may then email, print or export the items you have selected. Full-text will not be printed or exported for marked items–even if the full-text is available. Full-text can be emailed. NOTE: If you opt to print a bibliography, you may print your records using a specific citation style–at present, this function IS NOT PRINTING CITATIONS IN THE CORRECT FORMAT.

Printing
To print a record, including full-text if available
  • click on the Print button–near the top of the Article View, not the one in your Internet browser
    Print button in Proquest.
  • click the Print button
  • click the Back to Article View link–near the top of the article


Emailing
To email a record, including full-text if available
  • click on the Email button–near the top of the Detailed Record
  • select the email format
  • select plain text or HTML
  • enter an email address
  • click the Send Email button
  • click the article page link in the sentance "You may return to the article page"

Emailing in ProQuest.
Emailing in ProQuest.

Use your complete email address and include an optional note about what you are sending in the comment box.

Saving
To save a record
  • go to the Marked List
  • click on the Export citations link
  • select a download/export format
  • follow on-screen instructions–will vary depending on download format
  • click the Back to Articles and Bibliography link

Exporting marked records in ProQuest.
Exporting marked records in ProQuest.

To save an article as text only

  • click on the Print button–near the top of the Article View
  • click Cancel
  • click File, Save As
  • select location
  • change Save as type to Text file (.txt)
  • enter filename–with .txt extension
  • click Save
  • click the Back to Article View link

Use a word processing program to open your file.

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Search Tips

Use advanced search features to modify a search to obtain more successful search results. You can combine advanced search features to modify and improve your search. Advanced search features often include:

  • date
  • document and/or publication type and
  • Boolean operators

  • Phrase or proximity searching

    In ProQuest, there are two ways to search for a phrase

    • if the phrase contains more than two words, put the phrase in double quotes
      “world wide web”
      “english as a second language”
    • if the phrase contains two words, ProQuest automatically searches the words as a phrase
      criminal justice
      violent crimes

    Phrase searching in ProQuest.
    Phrase searching in ProQuest.

    Field searching
    To limit your search to a specific field in the record
    • click on the pull-down arrow–to the right of the “Citation and article text” box
    • scroll to the field to limit your search to
    • click on the field’s name

    Field searching in ProQuest.
    Field searching in ProQuest.

    Date
    To limit a search to specific dates
    • go to the date range section of the screen
    • select a predefined range: last 7 days, last 30 days, last 3 months, last 12 months
    • select an option to to enter a date: On this date..., Before this date, After this date..., Specific date range...

    To limit a search to specific dates
    Limiting by date in ProQuest.

    Document type
    To specify a document type
    • click on the pull-down arrow after the words “All publication types”–in the "Publication Type:" section
    • if the "Publication Type:" section is not visible, click the More Search Options tab
    • select All publication types or a specific publication type

    Selecting document types in Proquest.
    Limiting by publication type in ProQuest.

    Searches may also be limited to specific article types

    • click on the pull-down arrow after the words “Any article type”
    • select Any article types or a specific article type

    Limiting by article type in ProQuest.
    Limiting by article type in ProQuest.

    ProQuest searches may be limited to scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed publications

    • go to the checkboxes section in the limit results to section–below the entry boxes
    • use the Scholarly journals, including peer reviewed check box to limit your search

    Limiting to peer reviewed publication in ProQuest.
    Limiting to peer reviewed publication in ProQuest.

    Boolean operators

    Use AND to narrow a search. AND looks for both terms in the same record.
    leadership and vision; mainstreaming and science

    Use OR to broaden a search. OR looks for either term in the same record.
    mainstreaming or inclusion; elementary education or secondary education

    Use NOT to eliminate records with a certain term.
    Saturn not car; Venus not planet

    Plurals
    Use the following symbols in ProQuest databases to locate plural forms, truncate search terms, or replace characters:
    ? for Regular plural forms.
    school? retrieves both school and schools
    * Any number of characters at the end of a word.
    leader* retrieves leader, leaders, leadership
    ? One character.
    defen?e retrieves both defense and defence
    multiple? A specific number of characters.
    compute? retrieves computer, computed, not compute, computers, computerized, computerization

    Truncating search terms in ProQuest.
    Truncating search terms in ProQuest.

    Additional Features



    Users of ProQuest may already know what journal, newspaper or magazine they want. A quick way to access a periodical title without redoing a search is to use the Publication search method
    • click on the Publication Search tab to open the Publication Search screen
    • type the name of the periodical you want to find
    • click the Search button
    • click on the name of the periodical you want to display a list of the available issues, then you can either browse through the issues or search through the issues
    • to browse through the issues
    • look through the list of issues to find the one you need
    • to find older issues, use the drop down menus to change dates, and then click on Search
    • select the issue you want to display an alphabetical list of the titles of the articles in that issue
    • select the article you want to view
    • to search through the issues
    • click the Search Within Publication tab
    • construct a search using the information that you know–words from the title, author, date, etc.

    Publication Search in Proquest.
    Publication search method in ProQuest.

    Pulication search displays results; all available volumes/issues.
    Pulication search displays results; all available volumes/issues.


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