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From Professor Skeem: Identify central studies/articles on your chosen problem-specific area of focus, and then create and upload an annotated bibliography in APA format. The annotated bibliography summarizes the key articles you will use to develop your briefing and white paper. Note: Please include at least ten references in your bibliography, at least eight of which are for original empirical studies, including meta-analyses (not popular press articles, the internet, review chapters, etc.).
Find Articles With Index Databases
We have over one thousand research databases which help you find articles (and more) on a wide variety of topics. They are organized according to academic discipline, by name, or by type of database (dissertations, e-books, etc.)
Indexes journals, books, dissertations, and reviews in the social sciences on sociological topics as well as selected anthropology, criminology, demography, law, social psychology, and urban development. [1952 - present]
Citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports. (Psychological Abstracts, Psychinfo) [1806 - current]
Indexes journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, and dissertations in psychology and enriched with literature from psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work.
Cited By Searching
If an article is relevant to your topic, it can be very helpful to see not just what they cited (references, bibliography) but future scholars who cited it. There are several different ways to do this, and the results will overlap -- no single method is comprehensive.
PsycINFO, Social Services, and many library databases: In the results list, click on Cited by
"The essential meaning of the term is that objective knowledge from scientific research including rigorous evaluation studies should occupy a central place in policy decision making. Seeking rigorous and reliable knowledge and promoting its utilization within the policy process are core features of an evidence-based policy approach." (From the International Encyclopedia of the Behavioral Social Sciences: Policy Analysis: Evidence-Based Policy-Making)
Confirmability: The study's procedures are described explicitly.
Dependability: Data was collected across multiple settings, time periods, and informants.
Authenticity: The study seem plausible.
Transferability: The study acknowledges scope and boundaries.
Applicability: Evaluators and policy researchers would be able to use this study to take concrete action.
Attention to ethics: Ethical concerns addressed, including who benefits and whether anyone could be harmed by this study.
Structure of Empirical Articles
From the assignment: "The prototypic key source will describe the results of a research study (with introduction, method, results, and discussion sections) and will be published in a high profile general journal (e.g., Criminology, Psychological Bulletin) or specialty journal (e.g., Law & Human Behavior, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Psychology, Public Policy & Law)."
Searching Recommended E-Journals
Sometimes it's more efficient to go directly to some recommended sources -- these are suggested by Professor Skeem: