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.

Recommended Databases

  Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)


  Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)

  Social Sciences Citation Index - Web of Science (Clarivate)

  Google Scholar

  Scopus (Elsevier)

  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

Oxford Handbooks Online - Criminology & Criminal Justice
A collection of 15 handbooks on topics such as crime prevention, criminological theory, and juvenile crime and juvenile justice.

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

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: