CSCR 35000 Punishment, Prisons and Democracy

Periodical Articles

For Research Articles

  • SocINDEX with Full Text -- The principal periodical database for sociology and social isssues.
  • Diversity Studies Collection -- Has an emphasis on cultural differences in the disciplines of social science, history and liberal arts. Global in scope.
  • JSTOR -- Especially good for historical research, but contemporary isssues as well. Disciplines covered include many in the social sciences.
  • Academic Search Premier , ProQuest Research LibraryGeneral OneFile -- Three different multidisciplinary periodical databases that include popular and scholarly periodicals.
  • Google Scholar  -- a publicly available resource for finding research articles, with links to locating the articles to library resources (so you don't have to pay to read them).

Case Law

  • Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis) -- Provides access to court decisions on the state and federal level, as well as providing law journal articles and other legal tools and news coverage.

For News and Current Events

Crime and Corrections

U.S. Department of Justice

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
    Provides comprehensive information diverse aspects of the federal criminal justice system, including law enforcement, prosecution, courts and incarceration.
  • Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics
    Statistics collected by the FBI from law enforcement agencies across the United States.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Statistical Briefing Book
    The offers through its Statistical Briefing Book, data analysis tools on juvenile crime and provides easy access to detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics.

New York State


U.S. Census Bureau

  • American FactFinder
    Official Census Bureau tool to find statistical data. Use "Quick Facts" to access basic tables for cities, counties, and states (tip - select " more data sets"). Go to " Getting detailed data" for more data on specific topics.
  • American Community Survey
    A nationwide survey designed to "provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing." It collects information such as age, race, income, commute time to work, home value, veteran status, and other important data.
  • USA Counties
    An easy way to search for county information in many different categories of information, including Age, Agriculture, Banking, Building Permits, County Business Patterns, Crime, Earnings, Education, Health, Households, Housing, Income, Manufactures, Poverty, Race and Hispanic Origin, Retail Trade, and Wholesale Trade.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • BEARFacts
    Provides charts and data about a region's (including counties) personal income and gross domestic product.
  • GDP & Personal Income Mapping
    Create maps to compare counties by various economic data

Bureau of Labor Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics
Provides a wide range of educational statistics from literacy to educational attainment to school crime. For most categories, where regional information is provided, school districts, rather than counties, are used.

Contact Us

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Humanities Librarian
(607) 274-1198

Additional websites

  • Sentencing Project
    "works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration." On its website are Facts, News and Publications, and ways to get involved.
  • Critical Resistance
    "seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe." On its website are news, resources, and information about its various projects.
  • The Counted, from The Guardian
    An ongoing investigation into the true number of people killed by law enforcement in the US.
  • Justice Policy Institute is dedicated to reducing the use of incarceration and the justice system by promoting fair and effective policies. Both news and research reports can be found on the site.
  • Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center
    conducts "research and evaluations to improve justice policy and practice at the national, state, and local levels." Publications, including briefs and research reports are available.

Other Governmental Resources