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CRJS 6000 Foundations for Graduate Study: Week 2 Application: Week 2 Application

Before You Begin

Before beginning this assignment, make sure you have read the Learning Resources for the week including the Introduction to the Walden University Library Guide and the Library's Peer Review Guide. 

Now you will apply that information by searching for peer-reviewed articles. In the Library, we use databases to search inside journals to find articles, including articles that have been peer reviewed.

Follow the steps in the box below to learn how to search for peer-reviewed articles in a database that searches journals in your subject area.

Find peer-reviewed journal articles

For this course, you can use a database focused on the subject area of Criminal Justice & Security, such as Criminal Justice Database


Follow the steps below to search for peer-reviewed articles in Criminal Justice Database:

1.  From the Library Homepage, click the blue Select a Subject drop-down menu in the Subject Resources box:

2.  Click the Criminal Justice & Security link in the Select a Subject menu.  

Now you will see the Criminal Justice & Security Research Guide

3.  On the Databases page, click the Criminal Justice Database link.  You may need to log in with your myWalden user name and password. 

4. Now you are on a search screen with three Search boxes. Break your topic into keywords for the main concepts. Type one concept per box, like this example topic of juvenile offenders' recidivism:

First search box: recidivism

Second search box: juvenile offenders

 Note: You do need to type in keywords for a topic to search. If you are not sure how to type in your topic, visit the Keyword Searching guide.

5. Under the search boxes, check the Full Text  and Peer Reviewed boxes. Your screen should look like this:

7. Click the Search button. 

Your results are all articles from peer-reviewed journals. Click the PDF or HTML Full Text links for an article you want to view in full text.

For more help saving a PDF, visit the PDF Help guide.

The importance of peer review

Follow the links below to learn more about Peer Review and how you can determine if an article is peer reviewed or not. These guides were part of your Required Readings for the week.