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Criminal Justice (SJU Online): Before You Search

Library tools and resources for online students studying criminal justice.

Breaking Up Your Topic with the Right Keywords

In order to search effectively, it's important to break out the main concepts of your research question into keywords.

     Research question:  How is violence being prevented in public schools?    

Break up your research question into keywords that represent the main concepts:

  • Violence
  • Prevention
  • Public Schools

Search for each keyword, connected with an 'AND', indicating you want results that discuss all the concepts.:

      violence AND prevention AND public schools

In many databases, they provide three lines for you, for three different concepts:






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Stephanie Riley
Instruction and Outreach Librarian
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Saint Joseph's University