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Criminal Justice Guide

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Subject Guide.

Purpose: Help CUW undergraduate and graduate students discover useful Criminal Justice resources.

Help Available: If you need help finding resources, please feel free to 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.


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.

SAGE Premier Journal articles on criminology and criminal justice.

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”

See the Finding Journal Articles Help Guide for detailed instructions for finding and accessing electronic and print journal articles.

Specific 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 Review
Federal Sentencing Reporter
New Criminal Law Review
New England Journal on Criminal And Civil Confinement

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 in the search results.
    4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.
 Search Inside this journal search box


For General Instruction: FINDING BOOKS

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? Finding Encyclopedias Guide

Sage Encyclopedia of social science research methods

REF H62 .L456 2004
Encyclopedia of Sociology
HM425 .E5 2000
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
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.
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
Complied data from the National Crime Victimization Survey.
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)

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


Video Tutorials

Click on the video and the CC icon for captions. 

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