CRIJ 6340/POSC 6340 (Dr. Price): Criminal Justice System Overview

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your presentation and paper easier.

Reference Sources

Guides to Research in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Information : How to Find It, How to Use It
HV 7419.5 .C75 1998 Ref.
Single volume source with excellent, although somewhat dated, collection of web links.
Criminal Justice Research in Libraries and on the Internet
HV 7419 .C73 N45 1997 Ref.
Single volume source which includes an introduction to research process, glossary, and subject index.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice
HV 6017 .E52 2002 Ref.
Provides historical perspective, pro/con, and legal status. Includes domestic violence, crime causation, etc.
Encyclopedia of Police Science
HV 7901 .E53 1995 Ref.
Provides brief articles about issues in police science. Alphabetical by topic with general index for additional references.
Dictionary of American Criminal Justice: Key Terms and Major Supreme Court Cases
HV 7411 .C53 1998 Ref.
Glossary is about a fourth of the volume, with alphabetically arranged major cases as the remainder. Index also references cases by general subject such as "Plain View".
Prisons in America: A Reference Handbook
HV 9471 .R36 1999 Ref.
Overview of penology issues, including chronology, biographical sketches, statistics, pro/con.


Statistical Abstract of the United States
HA 202 .A2 Ref. Desk (latest edition at the Reference Desk, earlier editions in the Government Documents; also available online)
Publication of U.S. government. Sample of relevant statistics includes population demographics, prison data, crime, victimization, and law enforcement.
The Texas Almanac
AY 311 .D3 T5 Ref. (latest edition at Reference Desk, earlier editions in the Reference stacks.)
Crime profiles for Texas counties.
The World Almanac and Book of Facts
AY 67 .N5 W7 Ref. (latest edition at the Reference Desk, earlier editions in the Reference stacks; also available online)
Crime rates, prison populations, executions, etc.


Cops, Crooks, and Criminologists: An International Biographical Dictionary of Law Enforcement
HV 7911 .A1 A94 2000 Ref.
Brief biographical sketches ranging from Sir Robert Peel to Daryl Gates. Strong on historical figures.



Cornette Library's Online Catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as women criminal justice or juvenile crime or American prison system.
  • the general LC subject heading policewomen or Juvenile delinquency--United States--Prevention or Prisons -- United States..
  • the LC subject heading for a specific time and/or place such as female offenders rehabilitation United States or Prisons -- Texas -- History.

To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.

  • Online catalog for libraries around the world.
  • Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
  • Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
  • Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least two weeks for the books to arrive.


Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

Provide current information

How to Access Databases

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Which database?

Google Scholar
Familiar Google interface, searches .edu sites, some publishers journals contents, etc. ACCESS through the library web page to have the "Full-text at WTAMU": links work properly.
Web of Science
Simultaneously search Social Sciences Citation Index, Science Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation index. Citations, usually with abstract. Full-text linking.
Special features include ability to track citation patterns and create individual account for e-mail alerts and saved searches.
Academic Search Complete
General cross-disciplinary database, mostly full-text.
Electronic Collections Online
Recommended specifically for Crime & Delinquency, full-text journal in a mostly citation database.
ScienceDirect Journals
Contains full-text of Journal of Criminal Justice from first issue (1973) through the most current issue. No other criminal justice periodicals are in this full-text database, but some journals cover related subjects such as sociology and psychology.
Recommended specifically for Journal of Family Violence, full-text database.
Publication information, such as publisher, circulation, whether scholarly or other.

See the subject pathfinders for additional suggestions.

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Government Documents

Cornette Library collects United States federal and Texas state documents on many topics.

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications


Web Sites

Specialized subject sites

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Contains text of numerous special reports on crime issues published by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Statistics on criminal offenders, victims, prison inmates, etc. collected by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Site offers keyword search and topic browse access to more than 600 tables from various governmental sources.
Women and Criminal Justice
Bibliographies and link collections for women as offenders, victims, and criminal justice professionals. Created by the Texas Woman's University Law Enforcement Management Institute.


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