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Criminal Justice Studies: A Selective Guide to the Research Literature

The following is a selective guide to the collections of the University Libraries in the area of criminal justice. This is intended to help you identify and locate information and materials, both online and in print, that may be useful to you as you do your research in this area. This is intended as a general guide and does not include many key resources that you may need for more advanced research. Other reference and circulating materials exist which will also be useful to you. For a complete listing of the holdings of the University Libraries and the Law Library Library, please consult MNCAT, our online catalog, available through MNCAT. You may find circulating copies or additional copies of some of these materials in addition to the copies listed here.

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Finding Books, Journals and Other Materials: MNCAT
MNCAT, the University of Minnesota Libraries' online catalog, lists over five million print volumes, 36,000 serial subscriptions, three million microforms, 3.6 million government documents, and 350,000 maps, making the University Libraries the 17th largest research library in North America.
HELP information is available for using MNCAT. We also have a variety of guides to the literature and collections at the University of Minnesota available online or in print. For specialized help, be sure to ask at a reference desk or contact one of the subject specialists on staff.

Writing About Crime and Criminology
The University Libraries have many books which will help you organize, plan and write your research papers. Here are just a few of the titles in our collections. Check MNCAT for complete holdings.
  • Covering Criminal Justice: A Resource Guide
    Presented by The Center on Crime, Communities & Culture and the Columbia Journalism Review. New York: The Center, 1999.
    • Location(s): Wilson HV7240 .C68x 1999
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  • Guide to Writing Sociology Papers
    By The Sociology Writing Group ; coordinator and editor, Roseann Giarrusso ; authors, Roseann Giarrusso ... [et al.]. Latest edition, 6th.
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference HM73 .G78 2008
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  • Sociology Student Writer's Manual
    By William A. Johnson, Jr., et al. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, latest edition is 2010. A good basic book to guide sociology students in various aspects of researching and writing in the field.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library HM585 .S638
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  • Writing Empirical Research Reports: A Basic Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
    By Fred Pyrczak. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Pub.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Quarto LB2369 .P97
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General Guides to the Criminology Literature
These books will have you understand the field and give you bibliographies of key resources to help you get started on your research.
  • Guide to Information Sources in the Forensic Sciences
    This book provides a good starting place for research in this area, providing annotated references to the key databases, encyclopdia, dictionaries and other research tools.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library HV8073 .H65 2006
  • Handbook of Forensic Psychology
    Edited by Irving B. Weiner, & Allen K. Hess. Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley, 2006. Focussed mainly on the practical aspects of forensics, this volume provides detailed sections covering both civil and criminal forensic practice; forensic report writing; treating mental illness in the incarcerated; and ethicsal issues.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library RA1148 .H36 2006
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  • Research methods for criminal justice and criminology
    By Dean John Champion. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, currently in 3rd edition, 2006.
    • Location(s): Wilson HV6018 .C43
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Specialized Guides to the Literature
These books are examples of overviews and guides on specific topics within the field of criminology. For a comprehensive list of what is available, check MNCAT by keyword.
  • Handbook of Juvenile Justice: Theory and Practice
    Edited by Barbara Sims, & Pamela Preston. Boca Raton, FL: CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2006. This volume contains contributions from recognized experts, cover theoretical, research, policy, and legal materials associated with the juvenile justice system. The book presents both historical and modern accounts of critical issues, and includes a policy approach to issues of delinquency, status offense, treatment, punishment, special populations, and early intervention programs.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library HV9104 .H25 2006 Regular Loan
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  • Handbook of Restorative Justice: A Global Perspective
    Edited by Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft. Abingdon: Routledge, 2006. A collection of original, critical essays that describe the theory, principles, and culturally diverse practices of restorative justice around the globe.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library HV8688 .H36 2006 Regular Loan
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  • Handbook of Security
    Edited by Martin Gill. Houndmills, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. The book is divided into five parts. It begins with the study of security as a discipline, assessing the contribution made by different subject areas to the study of security. The second part looks as crime in organizations. The third part analyzes the various sub-sectors of security. A section on management issues precedes the final section looking at a range of issues that impact on security.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library HV8290 .H346 2006 Regular Loan
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  • Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice
    Editor Philip Reichel. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005. This handbook includes 24 papers, written by scholars from ten countries, describing types of transnational crime, exploring institutional organizations and instruments for combating transnational crime, and examining regional and special issues. Topics include: Terrorism, money laundering, illicit trade in antiquities, computer crime, environmental crime, trafficking in human beings, war crimes and crimes against humanity, the origins of Interpol, the adjudication of international crimes, and juvenile justice in the international arena.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library HV6252 .H36 2005 Regular Loan
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  • Delinquency and Juvenile Justice: An International Bibliography
    Compiled by Clayton Hartjen and S. Priyadarsini. New York: Praeger, 2004. "This bibliography assembles literature on delinquency and the operation of juvenile judicial and correctional agencies around the world."
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HV9069 .H3185 2004 Regular Loan
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  • Profiling and Criminal Justice in America: A Reference Handbook
    Jeffrey B. Bumgarner. Santa Barbara, CA: 2004.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HV9950 .B86 2004 Non-Circulating
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Encyclopedia are eseential for getting brief overviews or histories of people, movements, evens, etc. This is not a comprehensive listing, but should give you a good start at locating key titles. For comprehensive information, check MNCAT.
  • Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
    Edited by George Ritzer. New York: Blackwell, 2006. This 11-volume set includes 1700 articles from over 1,000 contributors. Reviewers consider it the "most ambitious and comprehensive reference work of its kind."
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HM425 .B53 2007 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Authentication Required
    Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848
  • Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice, 2nd Ed.
    Joshua Dressler, editor in chief. New York: Macmillan, 2004. 4-volume set.
    • Location(s): TC Law Library Reference HV6017 .E52 2002 Regular Loan
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  • Encyclopedia of Criminology, Edited by Richard A. Wright & J. Mitchell Miller
    New York: Routledge, 2005. 3-volume set.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HV6017 .E5295 2005 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of DNA and the United States Criminal Justice System
    By Louis J. Palmer, Jr. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2004.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto RA1057.55 .P34 2004 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
    Three-volume set. "The first resource to provide comprehensive coverage of the core theories, methods, techniques, and applications employed by forensic scientists. One of the more pressing concerns in forensic science is the collection of evidence from the crime scene and its relevance to the forensic analysis carried out in the laboratory. The Encyclopedia will serve to inform both the crime scene worker and the laboratory worker of their protocols, procedures, and limitations."
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HV8073 .E517 2000 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Social Theory
    This 2005 two-volume, edited by George Ritzer, provides articles by over 200 international scholars covering the roots of contemporary social theory. It examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Articles cover the developments, achievements, and prospects of social theory from its inception in the 18th century to the present.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HM425 .E47 2005 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Ed.
    Edgar F. Borgatta, editor-in-chief. Detroit, MI: Macmillan, 2000. 5-volume set.
    • Location(s): TC Magrath Library Reference (Encyclopedia) Quarto HM17 .E5 2000 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HM17 .E5x 2000 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences [Electronic Resource] Authentication Required
    2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 2005. "Covers the statistical sciences, including the areas of statistics, probability theory, biostatistics, quality control, and economics, with emphasis in applications of statistical methods in sociology, engineering, computer science, biomedicine, psychology, survey methodology, and other disciplines."
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Authentication Required
    Reference titles from various publishers in many subjects, including art, biography, business, cultural studies, education, the environment, history, religion, science, and social science.
  • International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
    This major encyclopedia for the behavioral sciences is the latest in recent publication. It is available in print in the Wilson Reference and the Magrath Reference collections.
    • Location(s): Magrath Reference (Encyclopedia) H41 .I58 2001 Wilson Reference H41 .I58 2001
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  • Sage Knowledge Authentication Required
    Search all library subscriptions from Sage Publishing including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.
  • Sage Research Methods Online Authentication Required
    SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a tool designed to help you create research projects and understand the methods behind them. SRMO's new taxonomy of over 1,400 unique methods terms links to authoritative content, including: Over 600 books; Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks; The entire "Little Green Book" and "Little Blue Book" series; Two major works collating a selection of journal articles; a small selection of video tutorials and video definitions pertaining to a specific research method chosen by the editors.
  • World Police Encyclopedia
    Dilip K. Das, editor. New York: Routledge, 2006. 2-volumes. Surveys the police systems of all the United Nations members plus Taiwan. Arranged alphabetically by country, each article provides a brief history of each country and its form of government as well as detailed profiles of its police system.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Quarto HV7901 .W64 2006 Regular Loan
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Directories and Statistical Information
These resources can get you quickly to statistics, contact information on key agencies and other resources. For more information on sources of downloadable data sets see:
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight Authentication Required
    Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.
Key Indexes to Journals & Articles
  • AccessUN (United Nations) Authentication Required
    AccessUN provides access to bibliographic citations of current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications.
  • America: History and Life Authentication Required
    This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete Authentication Required
    Find academic journal articles on topics in mass media, film, television, marketing, and communications in business, health, and other communication studies.
  • Hein Online Authentication Required
    Full-text legal periodicals database with browse and full-text search features. Includes coverage of many older legal periodicals not available in electronic format elsewhere.
  • ProQuest Congressional Publications & Executive Branch Documents Authentication Required
    Congressional Publications & Executive Branch Documents provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. The full list of searchable congressional publications and date coverages includes:
    • Legislative Histories 1969-Present
    • Bills & Laws 1789-Present
    • Committee Prints & Misc. Publications 1789-Present
    • Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors 1789-Present
    • Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-Present
    • CRS Reports 1916-Present
    • Hearings 1824-Present
    • House & Senate Documents 1789-Present
    • House & Senate Reports 1789-Present
    • Serial Set 1789-Present
    • Executive Branch Documents 1789-1945
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database
    The National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database contains summaries of more than 150,000 criminal justice publications, including Federal, State, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research.
  • PAIS Index Authentication Required
    Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.
  • PsycINFO Authentication Required
    Going back to 1806, this is the most comprehensive database for psychological research. With a little guidance from this tutorial, you'll be able to go from a general idea to a very precise set of results of scholarly materials.
  • Social Services Abstracts Authentication Required
    CSA Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,600 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.
  • Sociological Abstracts Authentication Required
    This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Authentication Required
    CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.
Key Web Sites & Megasites
Criminology is studied by major resarch universities, centers and governments around the world. With so much information being released on the Internet, these Web sites may help you locate important information for your research.
  • Canadian Criminal Justice Resource Page
    This page compiles links to sites dealing with criminal justice; corrections and life inside a prison; restorative justice; crime prevention; victims of crime; juvenile delinquency; and Law enforcement.
  • Crime and Justice: Issues and Groups (Vanderbilt University)
    A good starting place for web-based links on this subject. This Vanderbilt University library guide links to key governmental organizations - both national and international - research centers, interest groups, reports, indexes and other sources.
  • Criminal Justice Links--Florida State University
    A good selection of links that includes mailing lists, e-journals, chat rooms, etc., on various aspects of criminology from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.
  • Criminal Justice Sources
    A good set of links covering all aspects of criminology, including associations and organizations and "good places to begin research" from Indiana University Bloomington Libraries
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
    "The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime." The site includes full-text of reports, good sets of links, some statistical information as well as public policy papers, and other information.
  • National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
    "A division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Since 1974 the Faculty and staff of the NCVC have been devoted to achieving a better understanding of the impact of criminal victimization on adults, children, and their families." The site includes web links, reports, publications and other information for the public and the research community.
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance
    NOVA is and organization devoted to "victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services." The site includes a good set of links, research papers, a glossary and other information targeted to people involved in this work.
  • Society Pages
    An excellent set of links, blogs and other useful information related to sociology, politics and society. Created and maintained by University of Minnesota Sociology professors Doug Hartmann and Chris Uggen, this is an excellent place to learn how the principles, ideas and research in the field relate to our lives and help explain and understanding the world around us.
  • Sociology of Right (Sociosite)
    Legal issues and the Sociology of Law are covered in this extensive megasite with links to research, organizations, data and other key resources.
  • World Criminal Justice Library Electronic Network
    This site, maintained by the library that produces the Criminal Justice Abstracts database, includes links to key resources under "Criminal Justice Links Annotated," as well as links to reference resources, online journals and other key information for the field.
  • Other Key Sites
    • ACLU Freedom Network
      The American Civil Liberties Union's Issues section offers background information, legislative documents, fact sheets, related web sites, and press releases about various civil rights issues.
    • Amnesty International
      "Working to protect human rights worldwide," this group provides good data, analysis and information on prison conditions, death penalty and other national and international issues.
    • Corrections Connection
      Online network for corrections and criminal justice professionals, this includes many good resources and links for the academic as well.
    • Zeno's Forensic Site
      A detailed set of links and information on this topic, developed by a European forensic expert.
More Guides and Information
The linked guides may be helpful to you, depending on the nature of your research topic.
  • History, United States
    This subject covers: political, economic, social, industrial and cultural history of the United States. Other related topics are: Economics (general aspects); Political Science (general aspects); Politics, United States; and Sociology (general aspects).
  • Law
    This subject covers: the legal systems of the Federal government and the State of Minnesota (with an emphasis on primary sources e.g. statutory law, case law and administrative law), legal education and the legal profession in the United States generally.
  • Political Science (General Aspects)
    This subject covers: politics and political behavior including the conduct of government. See also Area Studies, Legislation, and Politics, United States on the previous page.
  • Psychology
    This subject covers: the systematic study of the mind, behavior, animal/human experience, mental life, intelligence, learning, emotions and feelings as it relates to the function of the mind and mental processes.
  • Public Affairs
    Public policy, management and organization issues, public law and regulation.
Key Collections and Libraries on Campus
Most social science materials are housed in Wilson Library; however many other collections on campus may be valuable to you as well. Here are some key collections.
  • Bio-Medical Library
    Health sciences: allied health, dentistry, medicine, mortuary science, nursing, pharmacy, psychiatry and public health.
  • Law Library
    State and federal statutes, reports, regulations, treatises, foreign and comparative international legal sources.
  • Magrath Library
    Books, journals and government publications in agriculture, biological sciences, design, applied statistics, food science, family social science, applied economics and more.

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