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School of Criminology and Security Studies: Research Guide for Students: Start Here

ISU Writing Center

When you meet with a consultant at the ISU Writing Center, the consultant will work with you to solve any writing problems or concerns.  To learn more about using the Writing Center as a distance student, click on the Distance Tutoring Link.

Citing Sources and Plagiarism

It is important to cite the sources you use for assignments. If you do not correctly cite your sources; your work may be considered plagiarized. Plagiarism is using someone's research and/or publication and claiming the work as your own.  Universities and colleges can have severe penalties for students who plagiarize.  Consult a librarian or the ISU Writing Center for assistance with citations.  

APA is considered the citation tool for social sciences.  Be sure to check assignment requirements for the citation tool you should use.



For information on citing in APA format, click on the link below.

Peer Reviewed

Peer Review is a method journals use to ensure the articles they publish are scholarly. When an article is submitted, the editor(s) send it to other scholars in the same discipline (they are the peers of the author) for review of the scholarship, validity, and worthiness for publication in the journal.

Need to Know!

Welcome to the Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice Libguide

The libguide provides information on a variety of resources for research in Criminology and Criminal Justice issues.

Use the TABS at the top of the site to click on information about a topic. Remember the guide was created as a tool to assist you with your research; you are responsible for locating additional resources on your topic.

For information on specific topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice, look at the Criminology and Criminal Justice Libguide.

This page provides you with the basics on some resources to help you with your research. 

If you would like to schedule an appointment with the Criminology and Security Studies librarian, click on her e-mail under Subject Guide (look right).





What are Scholarly, Popular and Trade Resources?

Scholarly sources are the backbone of research.   Popular articles provide information in a general format, usually accessible to everyone.  

It is important to understand the differences between the two types of information.  Use the links below to help you understand the differences between popular and scholarly articles and how to recognize and evaluate each type of article.

How to Evaluate Sources

Anyone can place information on the web.  When you use a source from the web, you need to evaluate the information to make sure it is valid.  Check out the links below for information on how to evaluate web resources.

In Our Library

Librarian for Criminology and Security Studies

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Karen Evans
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Tips for Success as a Distance Student

InterLibrary Loan

Use Inter-Library Loan (ILL) to obtain materials ISU does not own.  ILL is a free service and can be used to request materials for academic work.  You must be affiliated with ISU to use the service.  If you need to use ILL, PLAN AHEAD.  It takes time to locate and obtain the materials from other libraries