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Justice Studies / Criminal Justice: Reference Materials

Reference Materials

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Collections of Many Online Reference Books in one place:

Credo Reference     and    Gale eBooks / Gale Virtual Reference Library   and   Salem Press

Oxford Reference and Sage Knowledge Reference also have thousands of scholarly, academic articles, but they are a bit more difficult to use.   Click here to find instructions on how to use these collections of reference books.

Black's Law Dictionary.    Reference  KF  156 .B 53
Crime and Punishment in America : An Encyclopedia of Trends and Controversies in the Justice System.
Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Encyclopedia of American Crime.  General HV 6789 .S 54 2001

Encyclopedia of American Law and Criminal  Justice
Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement   Reference HV 8133 .N 48 2007
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice   Reference HV 6017 .E 52 2002
Encyclopedia of Criminology - Reference HV 6017 .E 5295 2005
Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior - Reference HV 6017 .E 53 2001
Encyclopedia of Organized Crime in the United States - Reference HV 6446 .K 43 2000
Encyclopedia of Police Science - Reference HV7901 .E53 2007
Encyclopedia of Social Deviance.
Encyclopedia of Street Crime in American
Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention
Encyclopedia of Women and Crime - Reference HV 6046 .E 56 2000
Gale Encyclopedia of American Law
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law

Global Crime:  An Encyclopedia of Cyber Theft, Weapons Sales, and other Illegal Activities

Historical Dictionary of American Criminal Justice

Historical Dictionary of Law Enforcement
A History of Violence: An Encyclopedia of 1400 Chicago Mob Murders. Reference F 548.3 .J 638 2014

Law Enforcement in America:  Opinions throughout History.   Reference  HV 8139 .I 775 2021

Legislating Morality in America : Debating the Morality of Controversial U.S. Laws and Policies.
The Mafia Encyclopedia - Reference HV 6441 .S53 2005

Online Legal Information Resources (OLIR)  from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Crime, Media and Popular Culture

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication
Palgrave Dictionary of Public Order Policing, Protest and Political Violence   Reference HV 8055 .J 69 2014

Profiling and Criminal Justice in America:  A Reference Handbook.   General  HV 9950 .B 86 2015

Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History : An Encyclopedia.

State Legislative Responses to Policing, Bill Tracking Database

Statistical Abstract of the United States.   Latest print editions at Ready Reference. Older editions at General HA 202 .U 5 S 93.

21st Century Criminology:  A Reference Handbook of Readings
The Use and Abuse of Police Power in America : Historical Milestones and Current Controversies.
Violence in American Society:  An Encyclopedia  of Trends, Problems, and Perspecttives

List of COD databases about Statistics


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