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)


Beyond Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Library Catalog

WorldCat (FirstSearch)

Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)  Access Instructions

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.


From a Citation

If you need to find the full text from an article citation, for example one given to you by your professor or identified from another source, the FindIt button will not be readily available. The Finding Full Text Guide includes video tutorials explaining several methods for finding 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 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.

Listed below are the most authoritative reference sources on criminological theory and social science research methods. More encyclopedias, companions and handbooks can be found on the Criminal Justice e-Reference list and in the library's online catalog. And remember, the most up-to-date information is not always available online.

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

Follow the guidelines established by the journal Criminology to format your paper as well as your citations.

Criminology - Author Guidelines