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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.


Counterterrorism research seeks to understand, prevent and respond to terrorist threats. This includes research and work in the area of law enforcement, judiciary, security, information sharing and crisis response. The following resources can help you narrow your topic, learn about the language used to describe counterterrorism topics, and get you up to speed on the major advancements in this field.

Counterterrorism Databases

Research in counterterrorism utilizes core criminal justice resources, as well as some specialized resources. You may find it helpful to search the following databases for your counterterrorism topics or research questions, in addition to the core resources listed on the home page.

Counterterrorism Journals

Counterterrorism Subject Headings

You may find it helpful to take advantage of predefined subjects or subject headings in Shapiro Databases. These subjects are applied to articles and books by expert catalogers to help you find materials on your topic.

Consider using databases to perform subject searches, or incorporating words from applicable subjects into your keyword searches. Here are some subjects to consider:

  • Counterterrorism
  • Counterterrorism - Government policy
  • Terrorism
  • Antiterrorism measures
  • National Security

Counterterrorism Example Search

Not sure what you want to research exactly, but want to get a feel for the resources available? Try  a search for counterterrorism in any of the databases above. This keyword is used often in research on this topic, so it's a great place to start.

We can use OR boolean operators to tell the database any of the listed terms are relevant to our search, for example: counterterrorism OR antiterrorism OR counterinsurgency. We use parenthesis to organize our search, and we stem or truncate words where multiple endings exist terror* with the asterisk to tell the database that any ending of the word will do. This way, the word terrorist, terrorism and other related terms will also be included. Where one idea is described with multiple words (criminal justice) we enclose the words in quotation marks. This is called phrase searching and tells the database that these words are only relevant when they appear together and in that order.