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GPM417 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 Journal Databases page.

Databases are grouped into subject areas. Some of the Policing, Security & Emergency Management and Law & Justice Studies Journal Databases will be particularly useful for your study. For example:

Where & How to Search

Activity

In the EBSCOhost International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center database try searching for keywords you identified from your topic analysis, or try searching for the following terms:

IRA OR "Irish Republican Army"

AND

counterterrorism

International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center database search example

  • For more information on the search techniques used in this example, including "" quotation marks and AND & OR, please see the Search Strategies page in this guide.
  • Being a specialised database, the results you find here should be quite 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 it at CSU button to check if the article is available elsewhere.