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Online Reference Sources

Print Reference Sources

  • Criminal Justice
    (3 vols, 2006) - REF 345.73
    Provides 2-5 page essays on a wide range of topics, e.g. crime and criminals, laws and codes, police work, the justice system and corrections.

  • The American Dictionary of Criminal Justice: Key Terms and Major Court Cases
    (2005) - REF 364.03 C452
    Definitions and useful charts and tables with more in-depth information. Notable court cases also covered.

  • Encyclopedia of Criminology
    (3 vols, 2005) - REF 364.03 E563c
    A multidisciplinary approach to criminology covering a wide range of topics including law, types & theories of criminal behavior, victimization, and the criminal justice system.

  • Encyclopedia of Social Problems
    (2 vols, 2008) - REF 361.103 E563sp
    Offers 2-3 page essays on the problems plaguing American society (including crime itself), many of which lead to criminal behavior.

Research Guide for Justice Studies & Law

Find Books

Books on law and criminology have call numbers in the 340's and 360's. Reference books are on the main floor in the Reference Room. All other books are located on the upper floor, right side.

Top Article Databases for Justice Studies

Databases in bold are NOT included in the search box above.

  • Lexis Nexis Academic
    Legal news, law review articles, U.S. Supreme Court decisions 1790-Present, state and federal court decisions, plus federal regulations and state codes. Also includes magazine and journals on topics such as sentencing, crime, law enforcement, corrections, investigations, trials and procedures, crime rates and more. Full text included.
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega
    This multidisciplinary database enables you to search scholarly and professional publications on topics such as the administration of justice, attitudes of prisoners, law enforcement, police psychology and more. Some full text included.
  • ProQuest Criminal Justice
    Search 250 criminal justice journals, over 100 with full text. Includes both U.S. and international journals, and covers law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.

Other Relevant Databases

Databases in bold are NOT included in the search box above.

  • Business Source Elite
    Search thousands of journal articles and professional publications covering commercial crimes, computer crimes, white collar crimes, fraud, security, law enforcement, forensic accounting, and law & legislation. Some full text included.
  • ERIC
    Though primarily a database for education topics, ERIC also includes scholarly articles relating to educational programs of corrections facilities, interventions for youth offenders and at-risk individuals, police school safety, and many other topics. Some full text included.
  • Films on Demand: Criminal Justice
    450 streaming videos covering topics like law enforcement, criminal justice system, types of crimes, etc.
  • GPO: Government Printing Office
    Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and documents issued by executive departments, many pertaining to criminal justice issues.
  • National Criminal Justice Service Abstracts Database
    Search over 200,000 publications (government reports, books, journal articles, research reports) covering all aspects of criminal justice. Topics include corrections, law enforcement, drugs and crime, juvenile justice, crime victims, technology in law enforcement, domestic violence, drug policy, juvenile violence and more. Some full text included. If you can't find your topic, look it up in the Thesaurus Search to get the database-assigned term.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
    Over 1 million downloadable full text dissertations and theses, covering a wide range of graduate research topics, including criminal justice.
  • ProQuest Research Library
    Includes full-text articles on business law, civil law, criminal law and criminology.
  • PsycINFO
    Search journal article abstracts on the psychological implications of criminology, including behavior, rehabilitation, victimization, adjudication and more. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.
  • Research Starters - Sociology
    Essays and journal articles covering sociology topics. Includes criminal justice topics like hate crimes, organized crime, poverty & crime, cyber crime, etc. Some full text included.
  • Sage Premier Journals
    Thousands of peer-reviewed journal articles on various aspects of criminal justice including the judicial management systems, juvenile delinquency, psychological implications and more. Most full text included.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Search journal article abstracts for the sociological aspects of crime. Covers topics like imprisonment, prison culture, victimization, crime rates, gangs, juvenile justice, fear of crime, etc. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.

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