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Google Scholar is an excellent resource BUT it does not always connect to Emory sources. A book or journal article may be in the library. Never purchase purchase an item without checking. Remember you can also borrow items from other libraries for free.
Topics in criminology and the miscarriage of justice have many aspects including sociological, psychological, public policy, religious, etc. Following is a list of some of the major databases and indexes relevant to this topic. Many of these databases have direct links to full-text either through hyperlinks or the Find it at Emory button. Always check the eJournals page and EUCLID before assuming that the library does not have an electronic version of the source. Make sure to look at the Research Guides page to find related research guides such as SOCIOLOGY and PSYCHOLOGY. Connect to the libraries for the School of Law, Health Sciences, Goizueta Business School, and Pitts Theology for more information on specialized resources available in those fields.
The following two databases are the most important for sociology and cover this topic. While there is overlap between the two, each has much unique material:
Another important database for the behavioral aspects of crime and justice is
To cover the legal issues use
HEIN ONLINE Full-text searchable database of over 150 legal periodicals. Scope varies for different publications and latest years are not usually covered; see the journal list on the website for details.
NOTE: Lexis-Nexis offers many specialized databases including Proquest Congressional and others which include material on capital punishment, emphasizing public policy and legal issues. Lexis-Nexis has also produced a bibliography on capital punishment drawing from their various resources.