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Please use the following page to stay updated on library services and resources related to the Coronavirus and remote learning:

USFSP Library Continuity Guide: Resources for Remote Learning

CCJ3024: Survey of Criminal Justice Systems

Getting to know your topic

Although much of the following information is not from peer reviewed journals, it can be an excellent source for finding background information on your topic.  Use this information to understand the issues, learn about the history of the topic, determine appropriate keywords, and identify leading authorities on the issue.  Once you have a good background, use that information to refine and update your search in the scholarly journal databases listed under the "Find Articles" tab. NOTE:  Much of the material in these databases is dated--be sure you look for more current information.