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Law Enforcement: Search Tips

Law Enforcement Research Plan

Before you begin looking for resources, spend a few minutes developing a research plan. This can help you focus your ideas and help determine where you should start.

  • Look at the assignment
    • What are you being required to create? A new law? A process for criminal procedure?  A Public Relation move?
    • How many resources do you need?
  • What are the key topics?
    • Group of Persons
    • Place (City, State, Region, etc. where you have authorirty)
    • Specific Law(s)
  • Statistics
    • Do you need to analyze or include statistics on crime?
    • Do you need to show what can prevent crime? 
  • Law and Policy
    • Do you need to find specific laws or policies?
    • Do you need government documents?
    • Do you need authority from the government for an action?

Keywords

When you search for articles, books, and other information, you need to use keywords. Below is a list of keywords or categories of keywords that could be used in the library databases. You can use this on their own or mix and match them to narrow your results.

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Corrections
  • Crime
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law or Criminal Procedure
  • Drugs, Drug Abuse, Drug Trafficking
  • Ethnicity
  • Gangs
  • Hate Crimes
  • Human Relations
  • Human Rights
  • Juvenile Offenders
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mediation
  • Medicolegal
  • Offenders
  • Policing and Community Policing
  • Process of Arrest
  • Public Policy
  • Race or Specific Racial Group
  • Security
  • Simple Assualt 
  • Social Pathology
  • Youth Advocacy