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Criminal Justice Guide

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Subject Guide.

Audience:  CUW undergraduate and graduate students in Criminal justice focused programs.

Help Available: If you need help finding resources, please contact librarians with Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the Portal (phone, email, chat)

How to Use: Resources in this guide are organized by type. Click a tab based on your assignment and information need.


Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints (Gale) Covering today’s hottest social issues. Includes pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies of social activists and reformers, court-case overviews, periodical articles, statistical tables, charts and graphs, images, and podcasts.

Criminal Justice Specific

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCOhost): more than 320 full-text magazines and journals and index of 600 journals from around the world. Topics:  criminology, criminal justice, corrections and prisons, criminal investigations, forensic sciences, and substance abuse and addiction.

Gale OneFile: Criminal Justice (Gale) 250 journals in the area of law, law enforcement, terrorism, paralegal service, homeland security, delving into forensic science, investigating crime scenes, developing policy, going to court, writing sociological reports, and much more.

Criminal Justice Database (ProQuest) Comprehensive database supporting research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends. The database bridges theory with practice by providing information geared to those interested in careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security – as well as scholars and other researchers.

SAGE Premier Journal articles on criminology and criminal justice.


WestlawNext: cases; statutes and court rules; regulations; administrative decisions and guidance; trial court orders; secondary sources; forms; briefs; pleadings, motions, and memorandum; expert materials; jury verdicts and settlements; proposed and enacted legislation; and proposed and adopted regulations.


Database Tutorials

Using Databases Tutorial

Looking for some suggestions for Primo or databases? Try one of these keywords or phrases related to your topic.

“Criminal Justice”
“Administration of Corrections”
“Criminal investigation”
“Criminal law”
“Criminal procedure”
“Forensic Sciences”
“Law enforcement”
“Juvenile delinquenc*”
“Juvenile Justice”

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).

For General Instructions: Finding Journal Articles

Journal Titles

These links open databases where you can search for journal articles within the journal.

American Criminal Law Review
American Journal Of Criminal Law
Buffalo Criminal Law Review
Crime and Justice
Criminal Justice Ethics
Criminal Justice Policy Review
Criminal Justice Review
Federal Sentencing Reporter
New Criminal Law Review
New England Journal on Criminal And Civil Confinement
Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice

Criminal Justice EJournals Bookshelf

Criminal Law EJournals Bookshelf

Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo

    1. Open  Primo Journal Title Search
    2. Search for the Journal’s Title.Primo Journal Title Search Box
    3. Click on the Journal title in the search results.
    4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.
 Search Inside this journal search box

You can search for Books & ebooks in Primo


For General Instruction: FINDING BOOKS
Find a Specific Book or Chapter


Library of Congress Call Numbers

HV 6001-7221        Criminology

HV 7231-9960        Criminal justice administration

HV 7431                    Crime prevention

HV 7551-8080        Police

HV 8301-9921        Prison

Reference Books

Reference Books are located in the short stacks in the center of the Library. Need Help?
How to Use Online Encyclopedias

Sage Encyclopedia of social science research methods

REF H62 .L456 2004
Crime in the United StatesREF HV 6787 .A32
The Dictionary of Criminal JusticeREF HV 7411 .R87 2000
Encyclopedia of Law EnforcementREF HV 7921 .E53 2005

A Guide to Forensic DNA Profiling

Encyclopedia of Juvenile JusticeEbook

Government Reports & Non-Profit Research

Information Resources from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and programs worldwide.

 United States Department of Justice Federal government’s facts and figures on all crime that effects Americans.

A non-profit organization which provides systematic reviews and evidence based research summaries.
(CJRA) is a centralized resource of authoritative experts and scholarly research studies on crime and criminal justice issues.
Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) George Mason University’s research center for rigorous studies in criminal justice and criminology

Department of Homeland Security
A cabinet department of the United States federal government responsible for public security

FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)
An annual publication summarizing violent and property crime offenses in the United States and by state as well as arrest, clearance, and law enforcement employee data. UCR Data Tool provides easy searching of crime statistics for national, state, and individual law enforcement agency.

Wisconsin Department of Justice (Law Enforcement Division)
Officer training standards, crime statistics, crime lab information, research & program evaluation

Online Sources

Video Tutorials

Click on the video and the CC icon for captions. 

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