to find journal articles :
a web browser (internet explorer or other) and type in the url
for your local library homepage
on databases or database
work like google except instead of pulling up websites they pull up
useful database titles are listed below. Either look up the databases
listed below alphabetically or use the subject
finder (usually a down arrow).
or justice administration (law). You
can view a list of databases here.
good databases are PsycINFO, Academic Search Elite, Sociological Abstracts
and Contemporary Women's Issues.
the description listed under each of the database titles. Choose the
one you think is best for your topic and click on its title.
should see a search box. Enter the search term "rape" or else
"rape or sexual assault" without quotations.
list of article titles should appear. Click on one of the titles for
more information. If you see a link that says "full text"
- click on it and the full article should pull up. At this point you
can either print it out ($) or copy paste the text into an email message
and send it to yourself.
it does not have full text online then find the paper copy. Write down
the journal title, year published, volume, issue number, page numbers
and article title. Note: Journal articles are found by the journal title
rather than the article title. You will search for the journal by title,
then the year it was published, then volume, issue and page number.
In that order.
should look like this:
from LibraryAU: Wasco,-Sharon-M; Campbell,-Rebecca; Howard,-April; Mason,-Gillian-E;
Staggs,-Susan-L; Schewe,-Paul-A; Riger,-Stephanie
TI: A Statewide Evaluation of Services Provided to Rape Survivors.
SO: Journal-of-Interpersonal-Violence. 2004 Feb; Vol 19(2): 252-263
WEBLH: Check for holdings"
click on "check for holdings" or type the journal title into
the online catalog .
the correct year, volume and issue of the journal. Write down the call
number and ask a librarian where the periodicals are located in
the library (it varies).
forget to use boolean
search terms: and (limits search), or (expands search), * (looks
for multiple endings such as assault*, assaults, assaulted). You can
also use these to search the internet. You may also be interested in
finding a bibliography on your subject.
If you can't find the journal ask the librarian to order it through
is the difference between a
scholarly journal and a popular magazine?
builder for your bibliography.
"A database of full text contributions on a broad range of women's
issues, extracted from over 600 sources world wide, including more than
100 periodicals. Coverage starts with 1992." This database often
has full text online articles. Includes both popular and scholarly journal
articles. The search function is extremely well organized. I recommend
this database for almost any subject related to women (such as marriage
and religion etc.)
"GenderWatch (enlarging the scope of Women 'R') is a full-text
collection of international journals, magazines, newsletters, regional
publications, special reports and conference proceedings devoted to
women's and gender issues"
"This is an interdisciplinary database combined from Women Studies
Abstracts (1984-present), Women's Studies Database (1972-present), New
Books on Women and Feminism (1987-present), Women of Color and Southern
Women (1975-1995), The History of Women and Science, Health, and Technology:
A Bibliographic Guide to the Professions and Disciplines (1970-1995),
Women's Health and Development: An Annotated Bibliography (1995), Women,
Race, and Ethnicity: A Bibliography (1970-1990), WAVE: Women's Audiovisuals
in English: A Guide to Nonprint Resources in Women's Studies (1985-1990),
and POPLINE Subset on Women (1964-present)."
"The American Psychological Association's PsycINFO database, with
over 1,125,000 records, is the most comprehensive international database
"The Social Work Abstracts database, produced by the National Association
of Social Workers, Inc., contains more than 35,000 records, spanning
1977 to the present, from social work and other related journals on
topics such as homelessness, AIDS, child and family welfare, aging,
substance abuse, legislation, community organization, and more."
"Sociological Abstracts provides access to the world's literature
in sociology and related disciplines, both theoretical and applied."
Criminal Justice Abstracts "Comprehensive
coverage of international journals, books, reports, dissertations, and
unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines."
NCJRS Abstracts "Summaries of more than 150,000 publications on
criminal justice, including government reports, books, research reports,
journal articles, and unpublished research."
"Offers in-depth, non-biased
coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics
in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology
and the U.S. economy. Each report includes a background and chronology;
an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements
from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key
Educational resources such as
lesson plans. "Contains annotated references to nonjournal material
issued in the monthly Resources in Education (RIE) and to journal articles
issued in the monthly Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE)."
Online Resources for finding articles:
Findarticles - search and read 5.5 million articles from over 900
- finds citations and full text journal articles from reputable publishers.
- free medical database
text articles on sexual assault research
Horeck , T. (2000). “They did worse than nothing”: Rape
and Spectatorship in The Accused. Canadian Review of American Studies,
This article is an analysis of a very moving film about a woman who
was gang raped in a public bar. It is a triggering article describing
how the spectators regarded the attack as either entertainment or none
of their business. The title The Accused brings to light the question
of whether the victim or the criminal is being accused of a crime. Find
the full text article here.
"The film addresses the concept of sexual assault victims who are
targeted as responsible for the crime, as well as the role that bystanders
play in the occurrence of a serious offense...the film follows the pursuit
of what seems to be an unobtainable justice."
B. (2002). Blaming the victim of rape: The culpable control model perspective.
is a scholarly article examining why we blame the victim rather than
the perpetrator of rape.
vignette-based studies are presented that represent the
first attempt to examine rape victim blame within the context of an
explicit, comprehensive theory of blame. Study 1 examined the
hypothesis that evaluative information about a victim of rape would
have a greater effect upon victim blaming when the victim's personal
control over the rape was portrayed as somewhat elevated, rather than
P., Vail-Smith, K., & Knight, S. (1999). What date/acquaintance
rape victims tell others: A study of college student recipients of disclosure.
Journal of American College Health, Mar;(5), 213-219.
information on a study concerning the response of college students to
disclosure of date/acquaintance rape victims. Relationship of the victim
to the person to whom the rape was disclosed; Results of open-ended
questions; Responses to disclosure."
and acquaintance rape appears to be a significant problem in American
society in general and accounts for approximately 80% of all rapes on
college campuses; in every college classroom with 50 female students,
6 to 7 women have been victims of date or acquaintance rape within the
past year.(n1) Access to "good support from the people in her life
is extremely important to the rape survivor,"(n2)(p106) according
to Mufson and Kranz, particularly because a lack of support may impede
successful recovery from the trauma of rape. Although rape is a traumatic,
destructive, life-altering experience, some researchers suggest that
a significant proportion of victims do not tell anyone about being assaulted
when it happens, particularly if they have experienced date or acquaintance
rape, and a majority of rape victims seek no follow-up counseling.(n3)
R. (2002 ). Adolescent dating violence: Prevalence and psychological
outcomes. Child Abuse Negl, 26 (5), 449-453.
support of the authors' hypotheses, findings from this study indicated
that dating violence was associated with significantly higher rates
of eating disordered behaviors (e.g., binge-eating, fasting, skipping
meals, taking diet pills, vomiting, taking laxatives), lower self-esteem,
higher rates of suicide attempts, and lower levels of emotional well-being.
Heppner, M., Good, Glenn E (1995). Examining sex differences in altering
attitudes about rape: A. Journal of Counseling & Development, Vol.
73 , p640.
This article is about rape and public opinion from a psychological view
point. It examines the changing attitudes about rape in both men and
Another search tactic is to look on a search
engine for bibliographies on rape and sexual assault. Type in: rape
on rape and assault
Blame. Rape is never the victims fault.
History of Rape - Rape bibliography that is very comprehensive
and well organized by category. Contents
by geographical area, chronological, topic, Lectures, Research
Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment International
Bibliography of NIJ Acquisitions
Assault and Rape
of rape in popular culture : Books and films
list of paper based bibliographies
Assault bibliography from aardvarc
Rape/Sexual Assault- 2003
from the FBI Library.
from the World Criminal Justice Library Network
Links to bibliographies on
a variety of criminal justice topics relating to sexual abuse.
from the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)