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Juvenile Detention Reform

Research Question: Is there a need for juvenile detention reform?

This topic will explore the different arguments for and against the idea that there is a need to reform juvenile detention practices. You will be required to read and analyze many different types of information sources including articles found in popular websites and scholarly sources.

 Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

Butts, Jeffery A. Juvenile Justice: Juvenile Court. Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice Ed. Joshua Dressler. Vol. 3. 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002. p937-947

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Under Find Databases by TITLE, select G > Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • In the search box next to Keyword, type “juvenile justice” and then click Search
  • On the search results page, click on the title “Juvenile Justice: Juvenile Court” from the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
  • Read the article

Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:

"Juvenile Justice"

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Find Databases by TITLE > C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • In the search box, type "juvenile justice" and then click Search.
  • Click on the title: "Juvenile Justice" (1/2008)
  • Read the article.

Step 2: Analyze Articles:

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box type in “juvenile justice reform” and click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled “Juvenile Justice at a Crossroads: Science, Evidence, and Twenty-First Century Reform" by
    Laura Abrams.
  • Click the link Get Full Text or Document Delivery link to read the full article.

Article 2

Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide

Last modified: September 30, 2014