CCJ 380 - Criminal Justice Research: Books & eBooks

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PSU Library Catalog - Book Search

 

Results include both print and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and the Summit Libraries.

What is a subject heading?

Subject headings are a formalized way of of searching library catalogs. The right subect heading can help you get to information more quickly.

For example, restorative justice can be described using the following terms:

  • restorative justice
  • alternative justice
  • community justice

You could search the library catalog for all those keywords. Or, use one subject heading to find all of the library's materials about restorative justice:

Restorative justice

Who determines subject headings? The Library of Congress. Copies of the complete set of the Library of Congress Subject Headings are available at the Reference Desk.

Find Books by Subject

resource type limit options

After you execute a search in the Portland State Library catalog, click on the "books" facet to limit your search results to only books. Click on "eBooks" to limit your results to eBooks.

After you find a useful book, scroll down to the "Details" heading to the find the book's "Subjects." Here you'll find a list of related subjects that you might consider adding to your search. You can also click on a subject link in the record, e.g. clicking on "Community health services" would bring up a list of all the Library's books, journals, etc. on that topic.  

book record subjects in catalog

To modify your search to include a subject, use the advanced search. The advanced search allows you to type in your desired subject and be sure to specify your search field as "in subject."

Subject advanced search example