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Criminal Justice

This resource is intended to guide your research in Criminal Justice courses. It will help you identify resources and strategies for topics within Criminal Justice.

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Research Guide!

This guide is your one-stop library resource for scholarly and non-scholarly books and eBooks, databases and journals, web resources, research tips and tools, career information, and more on criminal justice and related topics! In this guide you'll also find information on library services, tools, and other web resources to help you write your papers, do your presentations, cite your sources, and more.

Use the blue buttons on the left to navigate through the guide and find what you need. Ask a librarian ( if you need additional assistance!

Criminal Justice includes several distinct research areas. Often, you'll find that the core resources below contain the information you need for your research. Also look to the menu on the left, where librarians have identified helpful resources for specific areas of research within criminal justice.

Core Criminal Justice Resources

For many topics and research questions in Criminal Justice, you'll find the resources below helpful. Icons indicate what kind of resources are included in each database.


Other Resources

Finding Reports & Statistics

Types of Criminal Justice Sources

There are many sources you will encounter as you research. These sources have different characteristics. Take care to match the sources you use to your projects.

Types of Criminal Justice Sources
Publication Type Examples Content Authors Audience Reviewed by
Academic Journals Journal of Criminal Justice This link opens in a new window, Criminal Justice Review This link opens in a new window, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice This link opens in a new window Original research, In-depth, Specific, Sources cited Scholars and Professionals Scholars, Industry Professionals, Students Scholars (Peer Review)
Popular News and Magazines Police This link opens in a new window, Chief Magazine This link opens in a new window Brief articles on topics of general interest, Advertisements Journalists General Public Editors
Case Studies

Often found in scholarly journals This link opens in a new window

Detailed examination and analysis of a specific case Scholars and Professionals Scholars, Industry Professionals, Students Scholars (Peer Review)
Government Information

Department of Justice; Local, State and National Legal and Court Information

Research, Legal Guidelines Government Agencies, including DOJ Scholars, Students Government Agencies

Find more with Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites. Google Scholar searches may be narrowed down by date in the left margin of the results list.

Each result in a Google Search has options beneath it including:

  • Citation for the article in 5 formats & export to various citation managers
  • "Cited by" lists all the articles written more recently that cite the article
  • Related articles

If the full text is available, it will appear as a link to the right of the citation. To access Google Scholar, click on the link below.

The link below demonstrates how to link Google Scholar to the Shapiro Library databases.