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Criminal Justice


The books listed below are good sources for quick facts and statistical information. These will be relocated to the circulating collection on the top floor during Spring semester, 2011.

  • HM291 .D4857 Encyclopedia of Violence
  • HN90 .V5 S833 Statistical Handbook on Violence in America
  • HV6017 .E52 Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice
  • HV 8073 .B425 Encyclopedia of Forensic Science
  • HV8694 .P35 Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States
  • HV9104 .E58 Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice
  • HV9471 .S54 The Encyclopedia of American Prisons

Electronic Reference books

Criminal Justice Collection - Electronic reference books published by Thomson Gale. Some titles include:

  • Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
  • Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security
  • Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
  • Encyclopedia of White Collar and Corporate Crime


To find periodical articles use an electronic database. Click on articles/databases from the sidebar on the right.

General Databases

  • EBSCO - This is the place to start for general research. This group of databases includes: Academic Search Complete, Legal Collection, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, and more. Articles may be full-text, abstracts, or citations.
  • JSTOR - Full-text academic journals covering the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  • Project Muse - Current full-text journal articles in a wide variety of academic subjects.
  • Wiley Online Library- Full-text journal articles in a wide variety of academic subjects. This database covers 7 titles in criminology and 50 titles in law.

Issues Databases

  • CQ Researcher - A full-text current issues database with articles published by CQ Press. Founded in 1923 as Editorial Research Reports, CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.
  • Issues & Controversies - A full-text social issues database with articles published by Facts on File.
  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Focus on social issues. Includes full-text articles from magazines, reference books, and newspapers. Also includes chapters from the Opposing Viewpoints series of books, with pro/con articles perfect for writing the argumentative style paper.

Subject Databases

  • APA PsycNET - includes:
    • PsycARTICLES - Includes full-text for 63 psychology journals published by the American Psychological Association and other organizations. Coverage is for complete runs of journals going back to the earliest publication date. The earliest journal included goes back to 1894. Online Tutorial.
    • PsycBOOKS - Full text books published by APA, classic psychology books from the 19th and 20 centuries, and entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology.
    • PsycINFO- An abstract database of psychological literature from the 1800s to the present. Contains citations, abstracts, and cited references. Not full-text.
  • InfoTrac Criminal Justice
  • Legal Collection (EBSCO) - This database contains full text for more than 250 of the world's most respected, scholarly law journals. Legal Collection is an authoritative source for information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.


Go here to search for full-text periodicals available through VIVA. You can search for a specific periodical by title or click on the category tab to search for all the periodicals on a subject such as Law. After clicking on Law, click on Crime, Criminology and Law Enforcement.

Web Sites

  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service - NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. The NCJRS sponsoring agencies publish hundreds of reports and other information products each year to share with you and your colleagues. The types of reports and their content are designed to meet the broad range of interests in the field and the audiences who use them. Most of the titles are available online through the NCJRS Web site.
    NCJRS hosts one of the largest criminal and juvenile justice libraries and databases in the world, the NCJRS Abstracts Database. The collection, with holdings from the early 1970s to the present, contains more than 195,000 publications, reports, articles, and audiovisual products from the United States and around the world. These resources include statistics, research findings, program descriptions, congressional hearing transcripts, and training materials.
  • The Sentencing Project - Promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime. It is a nationally recognized source of criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program information.
  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online - The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. These data are displayed in over 1,000 tables. The site is updated regularly as new statistics become available. The Sourcebook is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  • Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services: Research Center

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