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ADJ 100: Survey of Criminal Justice (Online): JSTOR

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


JSTOR is a mix of scholarly articles, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.  One note on JSTOR is that most articles you find are going to be 3-5 years old.  For more current articles, try a different database.

It is a great resource for information on your topic. You login to this database using your myNOVA username 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 essay is on whether there is a shortage of public defenders in the legal system. Your keywords could be:

public defenders and shortage

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JSTOR Citations

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. Locate the menu of tools to the right of the screen.  Click the Cite this Item link.

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3. Click the image of the clipboard next to the citation that you want to copy.  Past the citation into your paper.  ADJ 100 uses APA.

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4. You can also export a citation to a citation software such as RefWorks.  Remember to check the citation for errors after you have copied it. 

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