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UWS 1B: True Crime Stories

Library research guide created for Sarah Beth Gable's class, Fall 2020.

Search Tips

Start by brainstorming keywords and search terms. Use subject headings or descriptors to help generate search terms.

When you find a good article, look at its References or Works Cited list. That will often lead you to other useful sources.

If you see an article you'd like to read but you don't see a PDF for the article, click on the  "GET IT" button. This will open a new window that will allow you to see if Brandeis has access to the article through another database or if Brandeis has the article in print. If Brandeis doesn't have the article online or in print, you'll see an option to request the article through Interlibrary Loan

Be sure to mine the citations of any secondary sources you use--these citations can point you toward excellent sources that you might not come across while doing keyword searching. 

Finding Books for Your Research

Try exploring the Library Catalog for books related to your topic. If Brandeis does not have a book you need, you can use WorldCat to search for books from other libraries and then request these books through Interlibrary Loan.

Recommended Databases

For a broad search, start with All OneSearch. This searches across many of our subscription academic databases to find individual articles from journals, newspapers, magazines, and more. 

Depending on the focus of your research, you may also want to explore some subject-specific databases. For example, if you are interested in psychology and criminality, you may want to try the APA PsycInfo database. If you are researching a historical time period, you may want to choose a history database. Explore a database from the list below!