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Senior Seminar in Theory and Research (Criminology)

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Journal Articles

  Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)

  Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)

  Social Sciences Citation Index/Web of Science

  Scopus (Elsevier)

  National Criminal Justice Reference Service

  Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)


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 subscribes to numerous peer-reviewed criminology journals. The library’s website is 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 Scholar, but you may not be able to link to the full text.

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 great starting points that can help you to define and focus your topic. Essays generally include bibliographies that will lead you to further sources on your topic.

Encyclopedias, Handbooks & Companions

SAGE Knowledge
SAGE Knowledge includes a large selection of encyclopedias about relevant subjects such as the Encyclopedia of Victimology & Crime Prevention, the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, the Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice, and the Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory.

Oxford Handbooks Online - Criminology & Criminal Justice
A collection of thirteen handbooks including handbooks on crime prevention, criminological theory, and juvenile crime and juvenile justice.

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology

Blackwell Companion to Criminology

Citing Your Sources

Follow the guidelines established by the journal Criminology to format your paper as well as your citations. Criminology follows the APA (6th edition) citation style. 

Criminology - Author Guidelines

Library guide to APA Style resources

sturkel Susan Turkel
Social Sciences Librarian
Falvey Library, Villanova University
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Susan Turkel is the subject librarian for Sociology & Criminology and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.

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If Susan is not available, please contact Jutta Seibert.


jseibert Jutta Seibert
Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

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