Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015     Views: 107

I was actually able to find a number of articles that use ride-alongs as a research method. I suspect that if you weren't able to find things, you may have ended up at the wrong resources when you started your search.

I looked at the Criminal Justice Abstracts and the ProQuest Criminal Justice Periodicals Index databases. You can find these by:

  1. Visiting the Library Home Page at www.iup.edu/library
  2. Clicking on the Databases link just below the I-Search box.
  3. Click on the "C" in the alphabet bar to find Criminal Justice Abstracts, or "P" to jump down and find ProQuest Criminal Justice periodicals.

The search technique I used in both databases was to enter the term "ride along*" (including the quotes and asterisk). The quotes tell the system to look for an exact phrase and the asterisk is the truncation character (meaning that it would get "ride along" and "ride alongs").

There are a couple of other databases that I would recommend you look at. Two other Criminology-related services are "Criminology : A Sage Full Text Collection" and NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Reference System). Again, you can find these on the Databases page. You might also want to search some of the general academic database, such as Academic Search Complete, or use I-Search to get a broad overview of our collection. 

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