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Criminal Justice

Columbia College's Research Databses

Columbia College has access to several specialized research databases that contain thousands of high-quality articles relevant to your topic that are not available on the Internet. Your instructors will be highly impressed if you use these valuable resources. 

Types of articles include:

  • professionally written articles in trade publications
  • scholarly journal articles
  • newspaper articles 
  • articles/chapters from highly specialized Encyclopedias and/or eBooks

Keep scrolling for more information on how to access these articles. 

Finding Articles

Any, or all of these, would be a great start.

When accessing our databases, you will be prompted to log in. Enter your Username and Password. 

Username: Your username is your full CC email address, which should be your
Password: Unless you have changed it, your password should be Koala (with a capital "K"), plus the last 4 digits of your SSN. 

Username: jane 
Password: Koala1234

** Please Note: If you are refused the first time, please log in a second time. (Sometimes it takes the system time to recognize you.)

Having trouble? Click the Contact Us tab on this guide. 

Q. In order to pull up the most relevant, helpful articles, what should I type in the search box once I'm inside the database?

A. Try one or more of these search phrases to get you started. But feel free to come up with your own terms. It's best to stick with one- to two-word search terms. 

  • Bioterrorism
  • Body Cameras
  • Corrections and prisons
  • Criminal investigations
  • Criminal justice
  • Criminal Justice and Future
  • Criminal Justice Issues
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Justice Theory
  • Criminology
  • False Allegations
  • FBI
  • Forensic sciences and investigation
  • Heightened Terror Alerts
  • Homeland Security
  • Homicide increase in the United States
    • Ferguson Effect
  • Homicide and Drug Trade
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Militarization of Police
  • Mitigating Crime
  • Police Misconduct
  • Probation and parole
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Terror Attacks
  • Terrorism and Emergency Management

Check out this helpful video!

The best way to find scholarly journal articles is by searching our online Databases.

Once inside the database:

  • Check-mark the Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed box. (You may have to scroll down a bit to see this choice).
  • Begin your search by typing in your keywords and clicking on Search.

Feel free to experiment by using helpful search features, such as Date Span or Full-Text only! 

Although check-marking the Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed selection box will greatly increase your chances of finding such articles, we also strongly suggest you evaluate the article as well; your professors will appreciate it if you do! Typically, "scholarly journal articles" tend to have the following characteristics: 

  • Longer/more substantive than an article in a popular magazine
  • Written by an author(s) with expertise in the field and easily identifiable credentials 
  • Well structured and well organized
  • Published in/by a reputable source
  • Long list of References at the end of the article

​Need advice? Just call or email a librarian. We're always happy to help!

Reference Desk: 803.786.3703