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Crime & Delinquency Prevention

This guide is suggested for students of CRJ 4000 or those interested in crime & delinquency prevention.


Find more resources on the Criminal Justice Subject Guide.



Scholarly Journal Articles

Here is a selection of databases/indexes that include peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. Contact me for further suggestions.

  • Criminal Justice Abstracts
    Covers crime trends, crime prevention and deterrence, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, police, courts, punishment and sentencing. The database contains indexes and summaries of international journal articles, books, and governmental and non-governmental reports on a wide range of topics in criminal justice.

    Important features on the search screen:
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    Full text linking:

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    Formatting references in APA style


  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts
    The NCJRS database covers the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice. It contains summaries of more than 190,000 publications including books, government reports, research reports, and unpublished research. It also includes content from 189 journals, including 12 with core coverage.
    >> Look for a URL to the full text first. Many of the publications indexed by the NCJRS are freely available online. Use the interlibrary loan function on the FindIt menu only if there is no URL in the record.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Indexes scholarly journals in the field of sociology.
  • Social Services Abstracts
    Covers current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas.
  • ERIC
    The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature. It indexes both journal articles and reports from government and private agencies.
  • PsycINFO
    Indexes journals, dissertations and some books in the fields of personality psychology, social psychology, educational psychology and more.
  • Find further indexes on the Criminal Justice Subject Guide or ask for recommendations.

Background Research

The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias with up-to-date articles on your paper topic. They will lead you to exhaustive and well-researched articles that are written and signed by scholars. Jump start your research with valuable background information, a detailed overview and/or a bibliography of current research. Here is an examples of a typical encyclopedia article:  "Delinquency, III. Trends and Data." Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice. 2003.

 Recommended E-Reference Resources

  21st Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook

  Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology

  Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice

  Encyclopedia of Education

  Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice

  Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement

  Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities

  Encyclopedia of School Psychology

  Encyclopedia of Social Problems

  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

  OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book


Books


Citing your sources

  • Documenting Sources in APA Style
    Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker. Includes sample paper and list of cited reference in APA style.
    Sample APA style paper and list of cited references.
  • Export references in APA style for your cited reference list.
    Use the "Add to Folder" links to create a list of potentially useful articles then switch to Folder View and Select all items. Click on the "Save as File" icon to the right of your results and select APA in the drop down menu under "Citation Format." Click on "Save" and then copy and paste the resulting list of APA style citations into your word file. APA is the most widely used style in the social sciences.
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  • Refworks
    Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies.

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