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JST497 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 & Law & Government journal databases  will be particularly useful for your study. For example:



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:

"multi agency" OR "inter agency" OR partnership*




  • You'll notice that some search tips or techniques have been used in this example, "" quotation marks are used to force a phrase search, AND is used to combine concepts or ideas & OR is used to search for synonyms. For more information please see the Search Tips page in this guide.
  • To identify academic or scholarly journal articles try selecting the Refine Results option: Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. 
  • 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.

EBSCOhost Advanced Searching

How to search Informit