Welcome to the CRIM20006 Punishment and Social Control Subject Research Guide.
This guide has been designed to support your assessment in this subject and contains links to library resources relevant to criminology. It also includes examples of different resource types and information on how to evaluate them. While it is not exhaustive, it is an excellent starting point for when you begin researching for your assessment.
Good essays are built from good resources. And good essays get higher marks!
Finding relevant, high quality sources is critical for producing well-researched and well-rounded assessment responses at university. But the temptation to turn to Google or Wikipedia can sometimes overwhelming, particularly when you know how massive they are (and how easy they are to use). There's got to be something out there on your topic, right?
But not everything on the web can be trusted. Consider Wikipedia: anyone can edit it which means that information is highly subjective and can often be moulded to suit a particularly viewpoint, ideology or purpose. If you've ever read a Wikipedia article about a company, you'll often see glowing praise for it, with any criticisms or negative facts conveniently edited out. The same example goes for Google. A sea of information with a few hidden islands of good quality sources, surrounded largely by oil spills of uninformed opinions, adverstisements and poorly researched articles.
Also remember- quality over quantity. Not everything you find on the topic will be relevant to your assessment. Even if the source is reliable, you need to be selective. Shoehorning a source in for the sake of it is risky, particularly when it has little to do with your topic. It's an easy trap to fall into. But you need to sure that what you draw upon will add value to your discussion. Thinking about the source and carefully evaluating its worth to you can save you from including a source that may end up hurting your assessment due to lack of relevance. Picking the first article that comes up on your topic is a recipe for disaster.
The good thing is the library is here to help! We provide you high quality scholarly resources such as books, eBooks, academic journals and databases, and newpapers. These resources are targeted at the scholarly community and will be far more trustworthy and relevant than non-scholarly sources found through web browsing. The library pays for them for a reason!