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.
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- 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 It contains summaries of more than 190,000 publications including books, government reports, research reports, and unpublished research.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.
- Opposing Viewpoints Resources
Access information on social issues through viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to web sites and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
Browse Issues list to find Capital Punishment, Crime, and Prisons.
This legal database provides fully-searchable and image-based text of over 500 law journals.
- Lexis Nexis Academic
Includes numerous law reviews.
Find further indexes on the Criminal Justice Subject Guide or ask for recommendations.
Laws, Bills & Policy Initiatives in PA
Crime & Corrections in PA by the Numbers
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.
- 21st Century Criminology
See entries on Capital Punishment, Offender Reentry, Prison, and more.
- Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
See entries on Prisoners, Punishment, or Cruel and Unusual Punishment. These articles give historical background information and provide a quick overview over the status quo of scholarly research. They also have cross-references to related topics and a bibliography. All of the articles are written by scholars.
- Blackwell Companion to Criminology
See Part III: Punishment and its Alternatives
- Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment
See entries on Boot Camps, Electronic Monitoring, Prison Overcrowding, Prisoner Rights and more.
- Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities
See entries on Privatization, Prison Culture, Rape, Supermax Prisons, and more.
- Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice
- Encyclopedia of Social Problems
- Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
See entries on Corrections, Capital Punishment, and more.
- New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
See entry on Punishment.
- Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online
See entry on Crime and Punishment.
- Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States
- Oxford Guide to the United States Supreme Court Decisions
- Supreme Court and Capital Punishment
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