Criminology & Criminal Justice

Best Bet: Databases

  • Academic Search Premier
    Multi-disciplinary database which includes a large collection of peer-reviewed journals in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ethnic & multicultural studies, law, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.  Coverage varies, but begins in the 1990s for most journals.
  • Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)
    Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
    Comprehensive coverage of sociology and related areas of study: criminology & criminal justice, demography,ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions and violence. Sociology research. Keyword search: prison*
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
    Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indexes and abstracts research papers in the social sciences and contains working and forthcoming papers. Some are full text documents are available.
  • Alternative Press Index
    Index to articles in alternative news sources. Use to research topics that may not be well covered in the mainstream press; 1991 to current. Keyword search: prison*
  • ERIC (Ebsco interface)
    Bibliographic citations, abstracts, and some full-text for journal articles, research and technical reports, conference papers and proceedings, program descriptions, teaching guides, and lesson plans covering  all areas and levels of education. Education research. Keyword search: prison*
  • ProQuest Social Science Database
    The ProQuest Social Science Database includes full-text periodicals covering the social sciences, including addiction studies, urban studies, family studies, international relations and much more.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Ethnic Newswatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Contents include African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian American, European, Jewish, and Native American publications, including the Spanish-language press.


  • "Criminology." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 291-294. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • "Restorative Justice." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 8. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 338-339. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • "Sentencing." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 9. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 103-109. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • "Criminal Law." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 273-281. Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • "Incarceration." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 5. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 355-360. Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • "Juvenile Law." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 6. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 95-102. Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • "Victims' Rights." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 10. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 223-224. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Selected Reference works

Check the link to verify the location; some titles are in Reference (2nd floor) and some are in the General Stacks.


State and Local National and International Academic


  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    Data on capital punishment, correctional populations, criminal victimization, domestic violence, drug use, and workplace crime.  They publish the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS): Abstracts Database
    US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs site that is a portal to justice and substance abuse information useful for research and policy development. Topics include: corrections, courts, crime, crime prevention, drugs, the justice system, juvenile justice, law enforcement and victims. The collection of several thousand full-text publications, primarily government documents, can be searched.   There is a page for Juvenile Justice.
  • Uniform Crime Reports (FBI)
    Annual statistical publications, including the comprehensive Crime in the United States, produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States. Also data from annual publications, such as Hate Crime Statistics and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted.
  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
    Facilitates criminal justice research by making available data, reports, and publications. Includes data on capital punishment, violence against women, terrorism, and crime. Users can create an account. Some data is restricted to ICPSR members.
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Data Resource Center  Lost funding in 2014 and is no longer updated. Site still active as a portal.
  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
    The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 published and unpublished sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. Since 1973, the project has been located at the University at Albany, School of Criminal Justice, and compiled and managed by staff at the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center in Albany, New York. (from the website)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
    UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime including: prison reform, money-laundering, organized crime, terrorism prevention, etc. Resources include data and analysis.
  • INTERPOL: Connecting police for a safer world
    Worldwide police organization consisting of 190 member countries.  

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Subject Headings

Even for the broadest concepts of Criminal Justice, there are several different Library of Congress Subject Headings to consider.
  • Under Criminal justice, Administration of are works on the criminal justice system.
  • For works on the causes, detection and prevention of crime, and the treatment or punishment of criminals, use Criminology.
  • Works on the crimes themselves and persons who commit them can be found under Crime  and Criminals.
  • Crimes against is a subdivision that is used with Subject headings for classes of persons and ethnic groups. For example Women--Crimes against and Asian Americans--Crimes against
  • There are dozens of headings beginning with the word Criminal, including but not restricted to Criminal Anthropology, Criminal Behavior, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Law, and Criminal Psychology. Most all of these terms have subdivisions of their own, including geographical ones.
  • There are also many narrower terms from Juvenile Delinquency to Rape.

Related Research Guides

CQ Researcher

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Selected library videos

Click here to see a list of library videos on crime issues.

Durland Alternatives Library: Ithaca, NY

"A Community Resources Free and Open to All" The Durland Alternatives Library collects materials that are not usually found in the mainstream media. It is located in Room 127 of Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University campus. Amongst other publicaitons, DAL subscribes to Prison Legal News (here is the publication website).  DAL also sponsors Prisoner Express.


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