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MA Criminology Newly Admitted Graduate Students: Begin Here

Important Websites For Students Admitted to the MA in Criminology:

1. WKU Office of Graduate Studies and Research

2. Topnet

Used to register for classes (add/drop), view transcripts, view financial aid information, etc). You must use your WKU 800-ID-Number and the corresponding password to access this site.

3. Blackboard

Used to access on-line courses (after you have registered for the desired course(s). This is the website used to access all of your course materials (lectures, assignments, grades, discussion boards, etc). You must use your WKU e-mail id (without the extension) and your e-mail password to access this site.

4. Webmail

Used to access your e-mail account. You must use your WKU e-mail ID (without the extension) and your e-mail password to access the site.

5. WKU Library

For accessing on-line journals. Simply click the "TDNet" link to search for specific on-line journals, or click "Databases" to search for journal articles, authors, or topics. Some of my favorite databases are listed below with a link to each.


From the WKU library's webpage, you can access some excellent databases and use them to search for peer-reviewed journal articles. To access the databases - click on the "WKU Libraries" link from the menu on the left. Then, click on "Databases (Find Articles and More)." If you are searching articles from a location off campus, you need to log into the library system by providing your WKU net id and password (e-mail address without the and your e-mail password)

Some of my favorite databases include:

TDNet - an excellent resource that allows you to identify WKU's journal subscriptions. This site will tell you if WKU has the journal in its collection (hard copy) or electronically - and the specific database in which the journal can be located.

JSTOR - a great database with full-text electronic (.pdf) peer-reviewed journal articles, including American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces (the three major journals in the discipline of sociology.

Ebscohost - this databases has a wide selection of full-text electronic (.pdf) peer-reviewed journal articles in the social sciences.

Google Scholar - Google Scholar is an amazing search engine. If you use it to find articles, it will conduct the most comprehensive search compared to all of the others. However, Google Scholar searches all online databases for articles - and WKU does not have access to all of them - so you may find citations for articles that are unavailable through WKU's online database subscriptions. If this happens, request the article through WKU's ILLIAD Inter-library Loan System (see link below)

Annual Review of Sociology - this is a volume that is published once a year and contains about 25 journal articles that provide a current state of the literature on a variety of topics. If you were thinking of starting a research project on a certain topic, I would HIGHLY recommend checking the Annual Review of Sociology volumes to see if they have published an article on your topic of interest. These articles provide an excellent overview of the previous literature on these topics.

*Please never hesitate to contact the reference desk at WKU libraries if you ever need assistance searching for peer-reviewed journal articles - they are VERY helpful folks. Here is their phone number: 270-745-6125.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14