Criminal Justice Subject Guide




Begin your research in the Trexler Library collection.  The call letter prefixes below will direct you to where in the collections (both general and reference) you can find materials dealing with Criminal Justice:


AS – Criminal Justice in America

E – Civil Rights, African American Politics & Government, U.S. Race Relations

HI – Combating Crime, Courts, Judicial Process

HN - Social History & Conditions, Social Problems

HQ – Prostitution, Sex-Oriented Business

HV – Criminal Behavior, Social Pathology, Social & Public Welfare

K – Crimes against humanity, Human Rights

KF – Crime, Criminal Procedure, Law

LD – Administration of Criminal Justice, Study & Teaching

RA - Child Abuse




Online Book Catalogs


Trexler Library OPAC

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Britannica Online

Contains over 80,000 in depth articles, images and tables with audio and video components, and Internet links to related material.


Finding Theses

To locate any of the graduate theses, type in ‘Curriculum Library Instructional Unit’ in the OPAC subject search.



Reference Works



Child Abuse

The Encyclopedia of child abuse / Robin E. Clark and Judith Freeman Clark with Christine Adamec; REF HV6626.5 .C57 2001



Civil Rights


Encyclopedia of civil rights in America / edited by David Bradley and Shelley Fisher Fishkin; REF E185.61 L84 1997


Historical dictionary of the civil rights movement / Ralph E. Luker; REF E185.61 L84 1997



Criminal Behavior, Social Pathology, Social & Public Welfare


Crime and the justice system in America: an encyclopedia / edited by Frank Schmallenger with Gordon M. Armstrong; REF HV6789 .C6884 1997


Compendium of United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice; REF HV7431 .C666 1992



Criminal Justice


Criminal justice information: how to find it, how to use it / Dennis C. Benamati; REF HV7419.5 C75 1998


Encyclopedia of American crime / Carl Sifakis; REF HV6789 .S54 2001


Encyclopedia of crime and justice / edited by Joshua Dressler; REF HV6107 .E52 2002


The Roxbury dictionary of criminal justice: key terms and major court cases / Dean J. Champion; REF HV7411 .C48 1997



Human Rights


A Dictionary of human rights / David Robertson; REF K3239.3 .R67 1997


International encyclopedia of human rights: freedoms, abuses, and remedies / Robert L. Maddex; REF JC571 M3243 2000  



 Social Pathology


A question of evidence: a casebook of great forensic controversies, from Napoleon to O.J. / Colin Evans; A netlibrary ebook.


Forensic science: an introduction to scientific and investigative techniques / edited by Stuart H. James, Jon J. Nordby; HV8073 .F5835 2003

(This title is shelved in the GENERAL COLLECTION)





Online JOURNAL Databases



Criminal Justice Abstracts

The database contains indexes and summaries of international journal articles, books, and governmental and non-governmental reports on virtually any topic in criminal justice.


Criminal Justice Periodicals

Indexes almost 200 journals both U.S. and international, about 25% full-text, covers a wide range of criminal justice topics, and dates back to 1981.


EBSCO Academic Search Elite

Offers information in nearly every area of academic study.  Provides full text for nearly 1,850 publications, including more than 1,250 peer reviewed journals. Indexes literature back to 1985.


National Criminal Justice Reference Service

A product of the U.S. Dept. of Justice this database indexes the contents of more than 150,000 research reports, books, journals, unpublished works and more back to the early 70's.



Provides full text access to scholarly journals in many academic fields.




Web Sites




Anatomy of a Murder: A trip through our criminal justice system

This site traces the course of a case from the discovery of the body right through the trial process. 



Bureau of Justice Statistics (Dept. of Justice)

BJS is the statistical agency of the DOJ and is responsible for the collection, analysis, publication, and dissemination of statistical information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operations of justice systems at all levels of government


Crime Library

The Crime Library is a rapidly growing collection of more than over 600 nonfiction feature stories on major crimes, criminals, trials, forensics and criminal profiling by prominent writers. The stories focus mostly on recent crimes, but an expanding collection also delves into historically notorious characters, dating back to the 1400s and spanning the globe.



Criminal Justice Resources

These criminal justice links are only part of a web page designed by Dr. Dorothy McClellan, instructor at Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi.  If you click the 'Back' button at the bottom of this page you will be taken to the site home page where additional criminal justice and death penalty links are available.



Find the laws of your state! FindLaw is the highest trafficked legal Web site, providing the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, businesses, students and individuals.


Federal Bureau of Investigation

The website of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. It gives insight and information about a variety of different crimes and important issues including: terrorist attacks, foreign intelligence operations, cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes, public corruption at all levels, international and national organized crime, white-collar crime, and significant violent crime.


Lloyd Sealy Library/John Jay College of Criminal Justice

With criminal justice as their chief interest, this college library site is full of links, resources and references for anyone interested in conducting research in criminal justice.



Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice

"This organization was established to promote balanced and humane criminal justice policies that reduce incarceration and promote long-term public safety. CJCJ's mission is pursued through the development of model programs, technical assistance, research/policy analysis, and public education."







American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section

The Criminal Justice Section has primary responsibility for the American Bar Association's work on solutions to issues involving crime, criminal law, and the administration of criminal and juvenile justice. The Section plays an active leadership role in bringing the views of the ABA to the attention of federal and state courts, Congress, and other federal and state judicial, legislative, and executive policy-making bodies. The Section also serves as a resource to its members on issues in the forefront of change in the criminal justice arena.


Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Headquartered in San Francisco, CJCJ provides direct services, technical assistance and policy research in the criminal justice field.


The Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

The Society encourages the scientific study of the criminal justice system and the application of scientific knowledge to problems in criminal justice.


The Trowbridge Foundation Forensic Psychology Website

The Trowbridge Foundation was established in 1999 as a non-profit corporation through a grant from Charles L. Trowbridge. Its' purpose is to further research and disseminate information in the areas of law and psychology. The mission of the Foundation is to seek social justice through improved understanding of psychological and legal principles, and to promote improved standards of practice among lawyers and psychologists




Style Manuals


There are a number of different styles available both online and in the library collection.  Check with your course professor about which to use for your assignment.

APA Citation Guide (via Ohio State University)

Citation & Style Guides (Concordia University)

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