Analysts Turn To Software For Spotting Terrorists

July 14, 2009

There’s an interesting story from NPR’s Morning Edition that covers Palantir Technologies, a software company that has developed an application to track terrorists.

The story can be found here:

At the end of the article, there are links to three related stories covering privacy.


Cybercrime Research: Keywords and Subject Headings in Academic Search Premier

February 24, 2009

Sometimes a term for a topic may have variations in how it is spelled out.  For example, “Cybercrime” shows up in various forms:

cyber crime

In this brief tutorial, you’ll see how to see an easy way to use the word “or” to search these variations in one search, and you’ll see how to use subject terms in Academic Search Premier:

To access Academic Search Premier, go to our library site:

…and click on the “Databases” link.
…then click on “Academic Search Premier”

Starting out with keywords:

It may be useful to search all of the keyword variations to find what you need.  For a quick search, you could search cybercrime (and each variation) as a keyword in the title.  An easy way to do this in one step is to insert the word OR between your terms to enter them in the same search (and for phrases, it’s often beneficial to use quotation marks to keep your terms as phrases).

Here’s an example of how to use Academic Search Premier to find articles that contain cybercrime, cyber-crime or cyber crime in the title (of the article).  To search for articles with these keywords in the title, select “TI Title” in the dropdown box to the right.  See the example below; the terms and drop-down item have been underlined in red:


Revising your search with relevant subject terms:

After looking at your results, it may be useful to redo the search by using Subject Terms that are relevant to the topic.  Here are a few of them listed in Academic Search Premier:

COMPUTER crimes — Investigation
COMPUTER hackers
CREDIT card fraud
INFORMATION technology

To search for articles by subject, choose “SU Subject Terms” in the dropdown box on the right:


Here are some additional subjects that you might consider.  You can search them individually (if they’re closely related to your main topic), or use them to narrow your search by adding them to the row below:

ACCESS control
COMPUTER security
COMPUTER viruses
CONFIDENTIAL business information
DATA protection
DATA security
SWINDLERS & swindling
UNITED States. Dept. of Justice
UNITED States. Secret Service


Military & Government Collection:

Another database you may want to use for this topic is Military & Government Collection.  It comes from Ebsco, the same company that gives us Academic Search Premier, and you can use the same subjects listed above to find more articles on your topic.

Please note:
Subject terms used in one database often may not be the same in another, especially if the databases are from different vendors.  The best strategy in searching is to use keywords that relate to your topic, and then revise your search using relevant subject terms. 

Also, if you are ever in a database and don’t see “subject” as a searchable field, don’t stress out…some databases use the term “descriptors” or “topics” instead of “subject” as a searchable option.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask…

-by using the instant message feature (meebo) in the upper-right pane of this blog.

-by phone:  305-892-7043

-or stop by, we’re happy to help.

DiscoverPolicing.Org: Law Enforcement Career Tool

February 2, 2009

The January, 2009 issue of The Police Chief magazine describes a new web site ( that was officially launched in November, 2008, as a joint venture between the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The site is designed to provide clear and accurate information on law enforcement careers, while offering hiring agencies and law enforcement job seekers a central platform where meaningful career information is shared. The article explains that 70 percent of respondents to a recent IACP survey indicated that hiring officers has become more difficult over the last five years. Public misperception, coupled with uncomplimentary misrepresentations by the media, has influenced the career choices of young people away from law enforcement.

A real benefit of this site is that it is information rich. Along with the various types of agencies and sworn law enforcement careers that are represented, resources concerning civilian law enforcement careers are also included. The scope is nationwide and international.

The Police Chief is published monthly and is the official publication of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. Your JWU North Miami campus Library has print copies from 2002 to the present.

JWU Subject Sites

October 23, 2008

 The Johnson & Wales library has a web page which offers links to internet resources by subject. This can be extremely useful for finding valid information on the Web that has been vetted by a JWU librarian. You can browse by subject and then follow the link to a variety of internet resources that may be useful during your research process.


The direct address to the JWU Subject Sites page is:


Or you can find it by going to the main library webpage at:

>Then go to Research Resources and then click on Subject Sites.


For example, suppose you are looking for culinary resources. You can click on the link to Culinary & Food-related websites. Here you will find links to pages which cover a wide variety of cookery, cuisine, food industry and nutrition subjects: Baking, beverages (alcoholic/non-alcoholic), career information, cookbook reviews, cookery, ethnic/regional cuisine, food industry, food safety, menus, newsgroups, nutrition, professional associations, recipe archives/indexes, restaurants, specific foods, and tables (conversion/measurements).


Or perhaps, you are looking for information on International Business Etiquette. This page offers a variety of topics dealing the cultural aspects of conducting international business and general advice about etiquette expectations abroad.


Check it out! You won’t be sorry!


**Of course, don’t forget to always keep a critical eye on web-based information if you follow links from a web page as it may lead you outside of that website! You want to be sure to evaluate any website source you use by adhering to some basic guidelines:

  • Check out the author. What type of credentials do they have?
  • Is there a bibliography?
  • Does the funding source or site of the research imply a bias?
  • Who is the intended audience?

Looking for Criminal Justice Web Resources?

June 12, 2008


Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS):

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):

Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC):

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):



Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA):

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data:

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics:

For more sources go to the JWU Subject Sites:

 *Date Links Last Checked for Access: 3/21/08