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Course & Subject Guides

Criminal Justice - Greensburg Campus

This guide will assist undergraduate students in locating criminal justice resources, plus developing and writing their senior thesis in CJ1950.

Developing & Researching a Topic

  • Think about issues, problems or questions that interest you. Based on your assignment and the scope of these ideas, narrow them down to one that would be a feasible topic.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject. For example:
    • school violence
    • three strikes
    • public defenders
    • death row/penalty
    • terrorism
    • cyber crime
  • Search PittCat and subject-oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

These sample worksheets will help you as you refine your research topic and evaluate scholarly journal articles.

News from the Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is the United States' primary source for criminal justice statistics. Its mission is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

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