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JST301 Research Skills Guide: Use Journal Databases

Why Should You Use Journal Databases?

Journal databases:

  • Are the best source of academic or scholarly information for your assessments
  • help you locate peer reviewed articles
  • Are subject specific, so that you get more relevant results
  • Have many options for refining results

You can find the Library's databases on the A-Z Databases page.

Databases are grouped into subject areas. The Law & Justice Studies & Emergency Management, Policing & Public Safety lists will be particularly useful for your study.



In the Proquest Criminal Justice database, login and try typing in the keywords from your topic analysis, or try searching for the following terms: "routine activity theory" AND assault, entered as in the screenshot below:

ProQuest Criminal Justice database search box


  • For more information on the search techniques used, including "" quotation marks and AND, please see the Search Strategies page in this guide.
  • Did you get less results than Primo Search and Google Scholar? Being a Justice Studies and Policing database, the results should be more relevant to your topic.
  • Look at the HTML and PDF links to access the full text of the article.
  • If you cannot find the full text click on the "Find a Copy" option and then the button to check if the article is available elsewhere.

Searching in a database