Search the Cal State LA One Search Catalog for books and other library materials by
keyword (recommended) or if you're looking for a specific item you can search by title,
When you find one book in the library catalog that looks useful, review the subject terms that are listed in the book's record. Click on the link for any subject term that looks relevant to view other books in the library also on that subject.
Some useful subject headings are:
Crime and Criminals
Criminal Justice, Administration of
Crime Scene Searches
Use the "Advanced Search" option within the online catalog.
v Identify and brainstorm the keywords and concepts relevant to your search--usually noun concepts and their synonyms.
Example: If you're researching the topic of "prisons," related terms may be "imprisonment" or "jails" or "incarceration"
v Use Boolean operators to link key words for searching.
To narrow a search to an exact topic, link major concepts with the Boolean operator "AND."
Example: If searching for books on issues dealing with juvenile recidivism, search for "recidivism" AND "juvenile".
To expand a search to retrieve more results, link synonyms or related concepts with the Boolean operator "OR."
Example: If searching for books on issues dealing with teen-age addicts, search for "teenager" OR "teens" OR "young adult" OR "adolescent," and "addiction" OR "drugs" OR "alcoholism."
v Use truncation to search for all variations of a key word.
Example: If searching for books on sentencing search for "sentenc*", typing an asterisk or star symbol (*) at the end of the root "sentenc". This will find books that mention "sentence," "sentencing," and "sentences", all of which may be relevant to your research.
CSULA Library doesn't have the book you need? No problem. We'll get it for you. Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request that we find the book at another library.
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