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Criminal Justice

Materials on criminal justice may be found in the HV call number area and by using the library catalog. HV6001-7220.5 is the call number range for criminology which deals with the causes, detection, and prevention of crime, and the treatment of criminals. Works on the criminal justice system are in the HV7231-9990 call number area.

Subjects that you may use in searching for materials include criminal justice administration, police, prisons, law enforcement, and crime.



Reference Works

World Criminal Justice Electronic Book
Crime: A Serious American Problem Ref HV6325.C7
Crime State Rankings Ref HV6787.C75
Criminal Justice Information Ref HV7419.5.C75
Dictionary of American Penology Ref HV9304.W54
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice Ref HV6017.E52
Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences Ref HV8073.E517
Encyclopedia of World Crime Ref HV6017.E54



You may access the following databases from any computer workstation on campus. For off-campus access, please follow the instructions found on the library’s homepage under “Off-Campus Access Instructions”or click here for an online tutorial.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology and more..”

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States.”

Academic Search Complete, is a valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.



360degrees - Perspectives on the U.S. Criminal Justice System examines the U.S. criminal court system and contains audio diaries from prisoners, correctional officers, and a judge. Photographs, transcripts, and links to related resources are also available.

Anatomy of a Murder Home Page follows a murder case from the discovery of the body through the trial.

Institute for Criminal Justice Studies is “one of the most comprehensive web links pages for Criminal Justice Information on the Internet” and is sponsored by the ICJS program at Texas State University.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data “preserves and distributes computerized crime and justice data from Federal agencies, state agencies, and investigator initiated research projects to users for secondary statistical analysis”.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service “hosts one of the largest criminal and juvenile justice libraries and databases in the world”. Articles, reports, publications and audiovisual products from the United States and around the world dating back to the early 1970’s are searchable.

Police & Law Enforcement @ Officer.com is a resource site for police officers that includes headline news, links to online resources, classified ads, job listings, and an online store.

The Sentencing Project establishes alternative sentencing programs and serves as a consulting agency on issues such as juvenile detention, racial disparity, and the trial of juveniles in adult court.

If you have questions regarding any of these resources or need assistance
finding additional information, please Ask a Librarian.