Journal Articles

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Academic journal articles are written by experts in the field and provide current  information on specific topics. For a detailed outline of journal searching, consult the two page handout Looking for journal articles.

Journal databases

Journal databases are tools that allow users to search for journal articles on a particular topic.These database also use keyword (with Boolean operators) and subject searching methods.

The following are some recommended CU library journal databases with forensic science content:        

Criminal Justice Abstracts

provides comprehensive indexing of over 400 major journals in criminology and related disciplines, books, and access to reports from government and nongovernmental agencies. Contains summaries of international journal articles, books, governmental and       non-governmental reports, dissertations, and unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines.  Topics include: crime trends, prevention projects, corrections, juvenile delinquency, police, courts, offenders, victims, and sentencing.

Index to Canadian Legal Literature
contains citations to journal articles, law reports, books, book reviews, theses, essay collections and Canadiana Forthcoming Books.

LexisNexis Academic
is a full-text database that provides access to legal, news, business, health, and reference information. It contains full text federal, state & international legal materials:   Federal code, U.S. Constitution & court rules, Federal regulations, agency opinions & US, Attorney General Opinions, federal and state case law and legal articles and U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, newsletters & journals.

is a database of full-text articles from 55 Psychology journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA’s Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber.

indexes scholarly literature in subject areas such as : crime, crime prevention, criminal behavior, victimology, psychosexual behavior, applied psychology. Indexed materials from 1887 to date) are selected from more than 1,300 journals published in 50                 countries and 28 languages.  

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

Abstracts contains summaries of more than 170,000 criminal justice publications, including U.S. Federal, State, and local                     government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research. Subject areas include corrections, courts, drugs and crime, law enforcement, juvenile justice, crime statistics,   and victims of crime. The time period covered is from the early 1970's to the present. Some full-text documents are available online in this database, with links provided to the full documents.

Science Direct
has the full-text of over 2,000 Elsevier journals in physical sciences, engineering, life sciences, health sciences and social sciences. Also available as part of the E-journals@

Scholars Portal
collection NOTE: This resource contains Forensic Science International   from 1995.

is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It has the broadest coverage available of scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature. Full details of coverage are available.

Sociological Abstracts
provides citations with abstracts to journal articles, books, book reviews, and conference papers on sociology and social planning and policy. Topics include methodology, history, and technology of sociology; social psychology; group                                                interactions; management and complex organizations; mass phenomena; social change; rural and urban sociology; sociology of religion, arts, education, science ; social welfare; community development; planning and forecasting; studies in poverty and violence;  clinical sociology.

Web of Science
is part of the larger ISI Web of Knowledge. Consists of the 3 main citation databases:
-- Science Citation Index (1900--)
-- Social Sciences Citation Index (1956--)
-- Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-)

Westlaw Canada
is a full text source for Canadian law resources. Includes the Canadian Abridgement and Canadian Encyclopedic Digest; cases (reported and unreported), commentary,legislations, journal articles covering the areas of general law, family law and criminal law.


Content last updated: August 19, 2019