Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015     Views: 68

I'm positive that the criminology databases will have the information you need. Here's how I would suggest you approach the search: I had good luck by entering "serial killer*" (including the asterisk and the quotation marks). The quotation marks tell the system that you are looking for a specific phrase. The asterisk is the truncation character. It tells the system to look for killer, killers, etc. When I searched the Criminal Justice Peridicals Index, I found over 150 articles that matched the search strategy and then when I limited the search to scholarly journals, it still still resulted in 53 articles (many with full text available). In looking at the items I found, I also noticed some additional phrases that may be appropriate. You could try "Serial murder*" (giving murder, murders, murderers, etc.) or "serial crime" These are just some alternate terms that might give you what you need. Be sure that you try all the relevant databases:Criminal Justice Abstracts, Criminal Justice Periodicals Index, NCJRS (Criminal Justice Reference System), Sage Criminology, and SocIndex You might also want to try some of the general acadmic databases such as : Academic Search Complete, InfoTrac OneFile, and Wilson OmniFile. You can find all of these by going to the Library Home Page ( and selecting the "Article Databases" option. Then select the database you need from the alphabetic list.

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