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ADJ 100: Survey of Criminal Justice (Online): Academic Search Complete/Legal Collection

This guide will introduce you to resources for ADJ 100 course assignments. If you have questions or comments, please contact

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is a great all-purpose database to find more information about your topic. It offers thousands of magazines and journals, including scholarly articles. Log in to this database using your myNOVA user name and password.

Keep it Simple With a Keyword Search

Keyword Search:

For a more in-depth explanation of searching, please click on the "Articles" tab above or here and go to the "Search Tips" box.

Select the most important 2-3 keywords. These are terms related to your topic. For instance, let's say your argument essay debates if global warming is affecting people in the tropics. Your keywords could be:

global warming, people, tropics


Legal Collection

Legal Collection is a database from EBSCO. Your search for materials in Legal Collection in the same way that you would search in Academic Search Complete.  You can refer to the information on this page about how to search Academic Search Complete to assist you in searching Legal Collection.

Academic Search Complete

Citation Tool:

Each article within this database has a citation tool. Here is how you find it:

1. Click the link to the article.

2. In the right-hand column, click the Cite link.

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3. Scroll down in the Citation Format box to select the correct citation style for your course. ADJ 100 uses APA.

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4. Copy and paste the citation into your document or export it to a bibliographic management software program using the link located at the bottom of the Citation Format box. Remember to check the citation for errors after you have copied it. 

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