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RESEARCH GUIDE - CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Electronic Research Databases

Print Research Indexes

Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest


Electronic Research Databases

Academic Search Elite (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus)- Provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.

LexisNexis Academic (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information;  Shepard’s Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; and business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news.

PsycARTICLES (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Database covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. The database contains more than 39,000 searchable full text articles from 45 journals published by the American Psychological Association and 8 from allied organizations. It contains all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each of the 53 journals. Examples of titles offered in PsycARTICLES include: American Psychologist, Behavioral Neuroscience, Canadian Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychotherapy: Theory/Research/Practice/Training, etc. Coverage spans from 1985 to the present.

PsycINFO (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - From the American Psychological Association, contains over two million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations, all in the field of psychology, dating as far back as 1840. Journal coverage, which dates back to the 1800s, includes international material selected from nearly 2,000 periodicals in over 35 languages. More than 65,000 records are added each year. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Examples of titles offered in PsycINFOinclude: Academic Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, Behavior Genetics, Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Journal of Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Medicine, etc.

Biography Resource Center (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - This database combines biographies and full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

JSTOR  (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Includes many of the core research and society published journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences.

Facts On File (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Reference resources to answer questions about events, issues, statistics and people. World News Digest, Today's Science, and Issues & Controversies.

Ethnic NewsWatch(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - An interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the "other side of the story," ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press. Coverage begins in 1990.

CQ Researcher(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Covers social, economic, political, and environmental issues and contains four expanded issues per year on topics such as War and Terrorism and Distance Learning.

New York Times (Current 5 Years) (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Most recent edition to the past five years in full text.


Print Research Indexes

HV6001 .C67 - Criminal justice abstracts

Z7164 .E2 P97 - PAIS international in print /Public Affairs Information Service

Z7163 .P97 - PAIS bulletin (Annual) /Public Affairs Information Service

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles.

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals– Social Sciences - "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."


Style Guide

Visit the ARC - Academic Resoure Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library at Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, MLA citation styles.

PE1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference / Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk


Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject

HV6001-7220.5 Criminology

HV6035-6197 Criminal anthropology - Including criminal types, criminal psychology, prison psychology, causes of crime

HV6201-6249 Criminal classes

HV6250-6250.4 Victims of crimes. Victimology

HV6251-6773.55 Crimes and offenses

HV6774-7220.5 Crimes and criminal classes

HV7231-9960 Criminal justice administration

HV7428 Social work with delinquents and criminals

HV7431 Prevention of crime, methods, etc.

HV7435-7439 Gun control

HV7551-8280.7 Police. Detectives. Constabulary

HV7935-8025 Administration and organization

HV8031-8080 Police duty. Methods of protection

HV8035-8069 Special classes of crimes, offenses and criminals

HV8073-8079.35 Investigation of crimes. Examination and identification of prisoners

HV8079.2-8079.35 Police social work

HV8079.5-8079.55 Traffic control. Traffic accident investigation

HV8081-8099 Private detectives. Detective bureaus

HV8130-8280.7 By region or country

HV8290-8291 Private security services

HV8301-9920.7 Penology. Prisons. Corrections

HV9051-9230.7 The juvenile offender. Juvenile delinquency. Reform schools, etc.

HV9261-9430.7 Reformation and reclamation of adult prisoners

HV9441-9920.7 By region or country

HV9950-9960 By region or country


Web Sites of Interest

Bureau of Justice Statistics - Statistics, explanations and graphs which can be used in research. There are various categories of statistics that can be used and dates range from the 1970's to 2005 depending on the category.

Federal Bureau of Investigation – "The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet a need for reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics."

Federal Bureau of Prisons - History, research and reports, current sites and a career section. 

Legal Resource Guide to the Federal Bureau of Prisons 2003 - "A general overview of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) its services, its programs, and legal resources and case law regarding issues impacting the BOP are provides. Six parts comprise this guide: introduction; pre-trial issues - pre-trial detention and pretrial inmate health care; evaluation of offender mental capacity; sentencing issues - probation and condition of probation, imprisonment, and judgment and commitment orders; post-conviction issues - designation to a facility for service of term of imprisonment, admission and orientation, programs and general services, visiting, telphones, and correspondence, inmate discipline procedure, court access, administrative remedy, personal property, special administration measures, family emergencies and temporary releases, release, and notification to community of the release of an offender; and conclusion."

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention – "The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families." Offers some full text articles, topics and statistics on juvenile justice from around the country.

On the Docket - Northwestern University (Medill School of Journalism) - Coverage of current and past Supreme Court cases, since 1998, with links and opinions.

OYEZ (U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia site) – "The OYEZ Project provides access to more than 2000 hours of Supreme Court audio. All audio in the Court recorded since 1995 is included in the project. Before 1995, the audio collection is selective. It remains our aim to create a complete and authoritative archive of Supreme Court audio covering the entire span from October 1955 through the most recent release."

Supreme Court of the United States - History of the court, docket, previous cases and rules.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service - Toolkits, bulletins and statistics for various topics within the criminal justice field including corrections, crime prevention, juveniles, law enforcement and victims.

Statistical Abstract of the United States – "Collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States". Including sections on law enforcement, courts and prisons and National Security.

Office for Victims of Crime – U.S. Department of Justice - Statistics and other research information including full text bulletins, newsletters and articles.

Office for Victims of Crime Report to the Nation, 2001 - Report outlines the activities and accomplishments of the Office for Victims of Crime during Fiscal years 1999 and 2000. Each section summarizes victims' needs in that area and how OVC is helping to meet them. Topics include victim funding in Indian County, services for victims of federal crimes and services for remote and underserved victims.

Office for Victims of Crime Report to the Nation, 2003 - Report outlines the activities and accomplishments fo the Office for Victims of Crime during Fiscal Years 2001 and 2002, including OVC's response to the September 11 terroist attacks and other incidents of mass violence. It also includes a discussion of the Crime Victims Fund and how OVC distributed funds for victim compensation and assistance efforts.

Office for Victims of Crime Report to the Nation, 2005 - Report outlines the activities and accomplishments of the Office for Victims of Crime during Fiscal Years 2003 and 2004. Each section summarizes victims' needs in that area and how OVC is helping to meet them. Topics include the Crime Victims Fund; meeting the needs of priority victims; victim funding in Indian Country, funding and assistance for victims of international trafficking, terrorism and mass violence, identity theft, and domestic violence; collaborating with the faith community;and OVC's priorities for the future. Also included in the report are notable recent events by states on behalf of crime victims and a tribute to the legacy of former President Ronald Reagan. 

National Organization for Victim Assistance  - "National Organization for Victim Assistance is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services." 

National Center for Victims of Crime - "The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims. Since 1985, we have worked with more than 10,000 grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies serving millions of crime victims." Statistics, laws, resources, court cases and other information on victims of crime and victims rights.      

National Council on Crime and Delinquency  - "The oldest criminal justice research organization in America, NCCD promotes effective, humane, fair, and economically sound solutions to family, community, and justice problems."

FedStats: Crime and Justice - Links to statistical sites of the United States government.

National Conference of State Legislatures – Information about current and pending laws for each state.  Links are made to the legislative bodies of each state.  

Legal Information Institute - "Known internationally as a leading 'law-not-com' provider of public legal information. We offer all opinions of the United States Supreme Court handed down since 1992, together with over 600 earlier decisions selected for their historic importance, over a decade of opinions of the New York Court of Appeals, and the full United States Code."

Death Penalty Information Center - "A non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The Center was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue."

Landmark Supreme Court Cases - "This site was developed to provide teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore the key issues of each case."

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online - "Brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. These data are displayed in over 600 tables. Currently this site presents Sourcebook 2003, the 31st editions. The site is updated regularly as new statistics become available."


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