Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015     Views: 54

I'm sure that you'll be able to find information about your topic. There are some additional terms that you might want to use: Justices of the Peace, Courts of First Instance, Judges and Magistrates. You might try just searching for the word "magistrate" and see what comes up. Then scan through the list of articles. When you find one that seems to be on topic, click on the title to get the full record for the item. In most databases, the full record will include standard subject headings or "descriptors" assigned to the article. These descriptor words can also be used as search terms. The might suggest more search term possibilities. One thing you didn't mention in your e-mail was where you have been looking for information. Choice of resource or database is very important. I would suggest that you try these databases: Criminal Justice Periodicals Index, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Legal Collection, Lexis-Nexis / Academic Universe (legal part), Academic Search Complete, InfoTrac OneFile, or Wilson OmniFile. You can find these databases by going to the Library Home Page ( and selecting the "Article Databases" option. Then select the database you need from the alphabetic list. We also have lots of reference books here in the library that can give you information or citations to books or journal articles on the topic. Please stop by and have one of the librarians show you where they are located.

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