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Criminological Theory

The most efficient approach to locating scholarly journal articles on any topic is to start out with one of the library’s databases such as Criminal Justice Abstracts or Sociological Abstracts. These databases index hundreds of scholarly journals and will link you to articles on your topic of choice.

The library has subscriptions to numerous scholarly criminal justice journals. The links on the library’s web site are your access point to the full text online. You may be prompted to authenticate as a Villanova student. Use your Villanova user id and email password. You can find some of the same content through Google, but you may not be able to link to the full text.

 Journal Articles

  Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)

  Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)

  National Criminal Justice Reference Service

  Social Sciences Citation Index (Thomson Reuters)

  Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)

Getting the full text of journal articles

findit.gif  Your gateway to the full text of journal articles.

Content is available via the following links:  Click on the Article link(s) to go to the full text.
Request from another library:  Submit an interlibrary loan request online. It takes on average 3-5 days for the article to arrive via email.


Background Research

The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias, companions and handbooks with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. These essays are generally helpful startiing points and can help you in defining and focusing your topic. Essays generally include bibliographies that will lead you to further sources on your topic.

 Encyclopedias, Handbooks & Companions

Sage Reference Online
Search all the titles on Sage Reference Online.

Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory
Topics include contexts and concepts in criminological theory, the social construction of crime, policy implications of theory, diversity and intercultural contexts, conflict theory, rational choice theories, conservative criminology, feminist theory, and more.

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology

Encyclopedia of Social Theory
The Encyclopedia of Social Theory examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Led by internationally renowned scholar George Ritzer, the Encyclopedia of Social Theory draws together a team of more than 200 international scholars covering the developments, achievements, and prospects of social theory from its inception in the 18th century to the present. 

Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods presents current and complete information, as well as ready-to-use techniques, facts, and examples from the field of qualitative research in a very accessible style.

Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics

Encyclopedia of Research Design

Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods

Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods

Citing Your Sources

  • Export references from journal indexes/databases
    All the indexes listed above format references in APA style:
    Select the articles which you plan to cite and look for the Cite link. Copy the APA style citation into the application of your choice. APA is a widely used style in the social sciences.


  • Export references from online encyclopedias
    Most of the online encyclopedias format references in APA style:


kcarro03 Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian for Business and Social Sciences
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 223


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