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Subject Librarian:

Nancy Herther

This subject covers: criminal justice policy, theory, and programs. (See also: Sociology)

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

A comprehensive database supporting research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends. As well as U.S. and international scholarly journals, it includes correctional and law enforcement trade publications, crime reports, crime blogs and other material relevant for researchers or those preparing for careers in criminal justice, law enforcement and related fields. The database covers articles published from 1981-present.

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.

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publications, including Federal, State, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research.

This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.

Indexes, Other

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.

PAIS provides coverage of the scholarly press for public affairs worldwide. The database covers any issue which may be impacted by legislation or public input and includes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, book chapters and some Web sites.

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.

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.

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.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps


By Dean John Champion. 3rd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2005.


Search all library subscriptions from Sage Publishing including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

Handbooks and Manuals

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

A great mega-site from the University of Albany (SUNY) Libraries for beginning research in any aspect of criminal justice studies.

Criminal Justice Links from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University offers a good list of Web links on various topics of interest.

An excellent mega-site with good annotated links to information on various aspects of this subject. Includes sections on "Job Information" and "Grants for Individuals."

Provides a variety of full-text information sources and links to other important sites on corrections, courts, criminal justice research, evaluation, and statistics, drugs and crime, victims, law enforcement.

Web Sites

This college web site offers a great site for learning about careers in criminology, as well as links to useful print and electronic resources in the field.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Provides access to statistical information by subject, publications in print and online, and links to the most current versions of the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.

The FBI has long been associated with espionage investigations and federal crimes like kidnapping and bank robbery. Along with its Top 10 Fugitives List, the FBI publishes a selection of reports for the public and law enforcement.

The official web site of the United States Department of Justice. Some of the units within the Justice Department are the FBI, INS and DEA.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

From Security on Campus, Inc., this site provides: "College and university campus crime data ... available from two major sources, the U.S. Department of Education which under the "Jeanne Clery Act" collects statistics from more than 6,000 schools, and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program which includes data for about 400 schools."

More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. This site provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

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.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The online version has full text from 1995-, although the series as a whole starts in 1878.

An excellent resource for recent crime statistics for the U.S.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

Selective Links to Law-Related Internet Resources

Information about the department and courses with links to selected resources for sociologists.

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