Crime in America : historical patterns and contemporary realities : an annotated bibliography /

Main Author: Cordasco, Francesco, 1920-
Other Authors: Alloway, David Nelson.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Garland Pub., 1985.
Series: Garland reference library of social science ; v. 264.
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Cordasco's annotated bibliography is useful for both academicians and practitioners involved with criminology and criminal justice. The 1,900 entries provide an excellent survey of the recent psychological, sociological, legal, and administrative literature published in this field since 1970: they include coverage of important current topics such as computer crimes, victimology, and sex offenses. The main section of the book is organized into 17 chapters, each covering a broad subject category. Appendixes list major reference works, periodical titles, and organizations dealing with criminology. One major criticism is that the only index is by author; a detailed subject index would have greatly enhanced the value of this book. Although Cordasco cites some references to journal articles, libraries interested in comprehensive listings of periodical literature should own the Criminology and Penology Abstracts (Amsterdam, Kugler Publications) and Crime and Punishment in America: a Historical Bibliography (CH, Jun '84). There are other relevant subject bibliographies published in the last ten years, but Cordasco's work is the best single guide to the recent criminological literature and should be in any reference library specializing in this area.-G.B. Thompson, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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