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JUST 320: Crime Prevention

This course guide provides information and resources to support Justice 320 research assignments.


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Assignment Considerations

As you do your research and create a crime prevention proposal with your literature review, there are a number of factors to keep in mind. These include vocabulary, concept mapping, and effective searching. The three types of crime prevention being studied in your course (primary, secondary, tertiary) are important. Finally, types of sources, evaluating and citing sources, and tools for finding sources of research are critical.

Types of Sources / Evaluating Sources Tools for finding sources:
Types of Sources


Scholarly vs Trade vs Popular

Library Catalog
Peer review Ebooks
Evaluating Sources Journal Title Finder
Citing Sources Google Scholar or Google Books
  Other Guides (See Related Guides)
  InterLibrary Loan


Concepts and Terms

Choosing a vocabulary for your research is important.  Knowing that database vendors can use different terminologies is critical.  Be creative and consider concept mapping your ideas, concepts, and terms to help you explore your topic fully.  A few suggestions to start with.  You can combine these words with other aspects of your research question or topic:

Crime Prevention Research or Studies Crime Prevention Strategies

Environmental Design

Situational Crime Prevention

Social Development


Community Policing

Crime Prevention History
Community Safety Crime Prevention Partnerships


Types of Crime Prevention

When doing your research, concepts from your JUST 320 course related to the different types of crime prevention can and should inform your searching and choice of vocabulary.

Primary Secondary Tertiary
Physical Environment Situational Crime Prevention Rehabilitation or Treatment
Neighborhood Crime Prevention At Risk People Restoration of Community or Individuals

Schools, speed limits, building design,


Adverse Childhood Experiences Future Crime Prevention, Deterrence


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