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Loss Prevention Resources

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Access Issues--being asked for passwords or money in order to get an article? Off campus and using a non-NMU Internet Service Provider? You will also need to have the Cisco VPN Client installed if you continue to be prompted for your username and password when you try and access a database.

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 Global. 1971-present. Conduct a subject heading search for "loss control". You might add "retail" as an additional keyword.

Academic Search Complete.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"

Databases specitic to business & economics. NMU resources pulled aside that pertain (mostly) to business and economics.

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. Their main subject term is "Loss Controls", but relevant related terms are "Employee Theft", "Organized Retail Crime", "Security Systems", Shoplifting", "Surveillance Equipment".

Homeland Security Digital Library. 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.

Criminal justice reference sources available through NMU's library.

Internet 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 Publishing Office. Search using other terms for loss prevention, such as fraud, shoplifting, or employee theft.

Business & Industry

Retail Industry Leaders Association
Security Infowatch
Retail Alliance
Tyco Retail Solutions
Jack L. Haynes International
Ernst & Young (EY)
Loss Prevention Foundation
National Retail Federation
Layne Consultants International

Internet Resources--Persuasive Writing

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


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.

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