This research guide is for students in Sociology 438, Cross National Crime. It is designed to help you identify, analyze, and choose scholarly information sources, including books and peer-reviewed journal articles. This guide concentrates on electronic resources, especially those commercial databases that index and abstract scholarly literature dealing with many different topics. In many cases, links to the full-text of the article, chapter, paper, or even the entire book are also provided. Whatever the resource, the assumption is that it has gone through review processes designed to assure that it meets academic publishing standards.
There is also a growing amount of current, reputable information on the WWW freely available and of interest to sociology scholars. This guide includes some hints for effectively searching on the WWW and evaluating the information you find there.
The process by which an academic journal passes a paper submitted for publication to independent experts for comments on its suitability and worth; refereeing.
Examining a book you choose from UK Libraries in light of these characteristics will enable you to determine whether it meets the scholarly parameters of your assignment.