Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Database: Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

As the business pro says in the National Car Rental commercial, "I'm gettin' an upgrade!" Actually, we're all getting an upgrade as Sawyer Library has just subscribed to an enhanced version of Criminal Justice Abstracts (CJA) that includes unique, selected full-text journal, magazine, conference proceeding, research report and book content.

Those of you who regularly use CJA will have noticed that it (along with Communication Abstracts) switched to EBSCOhost from Sage via CSA last year. Because of Ebsco's solid linking capability and the synergy that exists between various EBSCOhost products, having a simple abstracting index--with no inherent full-text--like CJA go to Ebsco is a boon.

First of all, articles in related databases like Academic Search Complete and SocINDEX with Full Text will have "Linked Full Text" icons for easy connection to articles. And now, Ebsco has procured additional full-text materials just for this database. Of the more than 200 journals and other publications that have full-text loaded in the new CJA, 121 are unique to this index and not in ASC or SocINDEX.

And, as always, if there is no full-text directly linked to a record in your results list, don't forget to click the "Check Library Catalog" as well as the green button "360 Link to Full Text" options below the record to see if we own access to the item you want in one of our many other resources.

Ebsco says of this enhanced product: "The increasing globalization of criminology is reflected in this essential resource’s coverage of hundreds of journals from around the world. Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text offers comprehensive content and features covering all areas of criminal justice, including more than 300,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline (with over 500 titles presented with cover-to-cover coverage)."

So if you are researching a topic related to Criminology, Corrections and Prisons, Criminal Investigation, Forensic Sciences & Investigation, Substance Abuse & Addiction, Probation & Parole or any topic in related fields, do add Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text to your primary research tools.

Need more tips on Criminal Justice research? Don't forget to also consult Connie's excellent Library Guide on the subject!

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