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LPM101 - Intro to Loss Prevention and LPM190 Loss Prevention Communications

Robert Forney

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First off, as hard as this may seem, don't rely on your favorite Internet search engine for all your research. You know what you want: legit information for your research, and although the www has lots of that, a great deal more of it is just junk. You probably know by now that the term "loss prevention" is not limited to the retail industry, but is used in several fields.

For loss prevention information, try these specific databases listed below the search box, or, if you want to cast a wide net, the OneSearch feature. Sometimes narrowing your search within one database can eliminate a lot of false hits.

ABI Inform. 1971-present. This is considered to be the premeir database for business and contains articles from scholarly and trade publications, magazines, newspapers, reports, and dissertations. Conduct a search for "loss prevention" and when you get the list of results, pay attention to what this database gives you for suggested topics--these really help. Database includes full-text and citations to the following loss prevention journals: Security Distributing & Marketing and Retail Merchandiser.

General Business File. 1980-present. Not as comprehensive as ABI Inform, nor is the searching as robust. Use search terms such as those listed below for Academic OneFile.

Academic Onefile.1980-present. A general database covering nearly all topics. Search with either of these subjects: "Business Losses -- Prevention" and "Retail Trade -- Safety and Security Measures"

Google Scholar. A free "database" that behaves differently than the others listed here. The search ability differs from them, which you will see immediately. Pay close attention to how google scholar allows you to search. Narrow your study area to "Business, Administration, Finance, and Economics". Look for results with the Locate a print copy@NMU link and click on that.

Access World News. Approximately 1970-present. A full-text newspaper database. Default search is the United States, but you can limit your search to other regions, states, specific newspapers, or to international resources.

NCJRS Abstracts. 1970-present. Database from the Dept. of Justice, although this interface is through a paid subscription. "Index to law enforcement and criminal justice material including corrections, courts, drugs and crime, law enforcement, juvenile justice, crime statistics, domestic preparedness, and victims of crime." The free version from the Department of Justice is here.

Homeland Security Digital Library. NMU is fortunate to have access to this full-text database. The term "homeland security" is broad enough to include a great deal of law enforcement information. Use their advanced search screen for a more precise search. .

Library Information

NMU Library Catalog. Please note: we share a catalog with 3 other schools. Also, as this is an online class and you might be far away from NMU, take advantage of your own local library regardles of its location! And the databases that are available to you there.

Internet Resources

Government Resources: FBI and the Department of Justice each have search capabilities on their web pages for publications and information. USA.gov and the Catalog of Government Publications from the Government Printing Office. Search using other terms for loss prevention, such as fraud, shoplifting, or employee theft.

Retail Industry Leaders Association. Publishers of the yearly Ounce of Prevention: Survey of Security & Loss Prevention in the Retail Industry. Website contains links and information on loss prevention (search for that phrase in their search box).

Criminal justice reference sources available through NMU's library.

Internet Resources--Persuasive Writing

Purdue's OWL (The Online Writing Lab) webpage on persuasive writing.

TheWritingSite.org. Succinct summary of persuasive writing pointers and a few links to articles.

Citations

APA Style Guide
Examples of how to cite some of the more common types of sources, including web sites and online journal articles, according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Consult the Manual in the library's Reference Collection (BF 76.7 P83) for further information or types of sources not listed here.

Need Further Assistance?

Email Bruce Sarjeant or call him at 906-227-1580. You can also contact the Reference Desk through live chat or by phone at 227-2294.



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