Learn about your topic: discover main issues, key players and organizations, theoretical framework, pros and cons, etc.
Policy File Index Reports from think tanks and research organizations.
These are examples of discipline-specific encyclopedias. Use these resources to find overviews which cover major aspects of a topic and highlight key issues related to that topic.
Many library search engines provide a peer-reviewed selection box. Once clicked, this feature limits search results to scholarly, peer-reviewed materials. Many of the criminology/criminal justice search engines available at NU provide this feature, including Criminal Justice Abstracts, Academic Search Premier, Sociological Abstracts, and the Social Sciences Premium Collection.
Several discovery tools for peer-reviewed literature are described below:
For data, try