SOC 1111 - Mass Incarceration in the U.S. - Patterson

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Take advantage of one of the most useful and time-saving services the Library offers: personalized, one-on-one research consultations!

Consultations are driven by YOUR needs, the needs of the researcher. I can help you:

  • Find the best sources and resources related to your topic, whether they are books, journal articles, databases, or more.
  • Master the Library’s search tools so you can find what you’re looking for effectively and efficiently.
  • Discover sources you may have missed in your research so far to make sure you leave no stone unturned.

To schedule your consult, use the online scheduler!

Finding Sources

The following databases will be of use for your research:

What is  ?

FindIt@VU provides direct links from a database citation to the fulltext of the article (if available) and other supporting resources.

You'll also see FindIt@VU buttons in Library Catalog.

An FAQ for FindIt@VU is also available.

If you need some statistics, the resources below may be useful.  It is a good idea to get statistics well before you finish your research.  The number you need may not have been collected.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides access to "peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations."

What Google Scholar does not contain, in most cases, is the fulltext of the articles -- but it does work with the library's Findit@VU service to help you get to the fulltext when available.  If you are on campus, Findit@VU will automatically appear -- but if you are off campus it won't.   Not clicking on Findit@VU may lead to you receiving a message indicating that you must purchase the article to view it. 

Bookmark this link as your access point to Google Scholar to ensure that the Findit@VU links appears in your searches or follow the instructions for setting your preferences in the video below.  Don't get caught paying for articles when you don't have to!