Q. I am looking for current information on Cuba's prison systems.
Thank you for your question! I would start with the database Academic Search Complete. This is a good database for finding scholarly sources, as well as newspaper and magazine sources. You can access this database by going to the Levin Library homepage. Under "Find What You Need," click on Databases A-Z. Select "Academic Search Complete" from the list of databases. Once you are in Academic Search Complete, you add additional databases to your search by clicking on "Choose Databases" at the top of the page:
You will then see a pop-up box with all of the library's EBSCO databases. Check the box next to each database you would like to search. I recommend starting with the databases "Academic Search Complete," "International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center," "SocINDEX with Full Text," and "Criminal Justice Abstracts."
For search terms, I recommend starting with Cuba* AND prison*. Adding an asterisk (*) to the end of each word allows you to search for different forms of a word. Searching for Cuba* brings up results for Cuba and Cuban. Searching for prison* brings up results for prison, prisons, prisoner, and prisoners.
You may get a lot of results about Guantanamo. If this is not what you're intrerested in, you can cut out these results by adding NOT Guantanamo to your search. See the sample search query below:
On the Advanced Search page, you can change the date range to search only recent articles, for example: 2008-2014. You can also change the language, if you'd like just English articles.
Click here to see the sample search.
Remember this is just a sample search. You can try different search terms, such as human rights or justice system.
You can also try the database LexisNexis (available on the Databases A-Z page), which is good for newspaper and magazine articles.
Let us know if you have more questions!