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JUST 463: Biobehavioral Criminology

This course guide provides information and resources to support Justice 463 research assignments.


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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:

Biobehavioral Crime Persistent Criminality

Biosocial Crime or Criminality

 Brain development


 Lead and Brain and Crime

Nutrition or Diet 

Brain and Violence
Biology Biosocial Criminology Research

Sample search that yielded some useful articles from QuickSearch,

environmental exposure crime​

biosocial criminology research

Using advanced search in QuickSearch:  

(crime) AND (biology) AND (brain) AND (nutrition)

Research Considerations

As you do your research there are a number of factors to keep in mind. These include vocabulary, concept mapping, and effective searching. 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


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