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NSP: Detecting the Truth

Tips and hints for finding resources for your research project.

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignment

Professors Fort and Fox require you to:

  • Write a 10-12 page essay surrounding a murderer/criminal of your choosing
    • ​You'll need to:
      • ​Provide a brief historical background of the crime(s)
      • Focus on the process of the investigation
      • Identify what genre of detective fiction story the criminal most resembles and why
      • ​Bring ideas from philosophy and criminology into dialogue
      • Emphasize the process (how) and the product (what)
      • Consistently make use of an academic style for citations and references

 It's always wise to collect more than what you think you will need. This is especially true if you have to rely on interlibrary loan (borrowing from other libraries) and don't have the book or full text article to consult immediately.

The information on this guide will help you to discover different types of resources.  Please ask your instructor or one of our librarians for help if you have difficulty using the sources or you just don't know what else to try!  We'd be very happy to work with you to discover the sources you need!