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Gun Violence and Gun Control

Strategies to Find Books and Articles

Use the following subject search terms to explore books and articles written on the topic. 

  • Assault weapons    
  • Background checks    
  • Concealed carry laws    
  • Federal Assault Weapon Ban    
  • Firearm background checks    
  • Firearms    
  • Firearms--Law and legislation--United States 
  • Firearms and crime    
  • Firearms ownership -- United States    
  • Gun control    
  • Gun control policy    
  • Gun rights    
  • Gun violence    
  • Handgun control    
  • Mass shootings
  • Mass shootings -- United States -- Prevention 
  • School shootings    
  • Second Amendment Rights    
  • Stand Your Ground 
  • United States Constitution 2nd Amendment

Or, combine keywords to construct a query. 


  • "campus carry" AND (bill OR law OR legislation) AND effects  
  • firearm AND (injury OR death) AND "public health"
  • "gun control" AND "social justice" 
  • "gun violence" AND victims AND trauma AND childhood
  • ("privately made firearms" OR PMFs OR
    "ghost guns") AND ownership
  • "Protecting Our Kids Act" AND "school safety"


E.g., looking for peer-reviewed articles on gun violence, especially on the victims of the crime, that were published since 2016. 

Step 1. Form a Query Step 2. Refine the Results

Check on the Peer Reviewed box or click on the Scholarly Journals link
to see the peer-reviewed articles. Click on the "Find it @FSU" link to 
access the content unless the "Full text" link is already there.  




Article Databases


  • For peer-reviewed articles, search Criminal Justice or Social Science Premium Collection database and limit the search results to "peer-reviewed."
  • For background information, search CQ Researcher database.
  • For articles from legal journals, search HeinOnline database. You can also search Federal, State, and Case Law in this database. 
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