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.
Important features on the search screen:
Full text linking:
Formatting references in APA style
- 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 It contains summaries of more than 190,000 publications including books, government reports, research reports, and unpublished research.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.
- Pennsylvania General Assembly
Find PA House and Senate bills.
Making Law in Pennsylvania: How laws are made in the PA House of Representatives.
- Lexis Nexis Academic
Use the Legal tab to find Federal & State Cases as well as Federal & State Codes.
PA session laws from 1931-2007.
- Philadelphia Inquirer
News reports on PA politics back to 1981.
- PA Dept. of Corrections
Monthly updates of institution profiles and prison population reports as well as the PA execution list.
- Statistical Lexis Nexis
Custom maps and graphs of state level criminal justice data.
- PA Uniform Crime Reports
- Bureau of Criminal Justice Statistics
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
- Online Catalog
keywords: "mass incarceration"
keywords: "mass imprisonment"
subject search: "imprisonment - United States"
subject search: "prisons - United States"
subject search: "capital punishment - United States"
subject search: "prisoners - United States - statistics"
A catalog of library holdings worldwide. WorldCat will indicate any local library holdings and also offers an inter-library loan request option.
- E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan is available for books and journals that are not owned by Falvey. EZ-Borrow is usually faster than interlibrary loan, since the books come from a local library network. EZ-Borrow can be used for books that the Library owns, but that are currently checked out by somebody else.
- Documenting Source in APA Style
Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker. Includes sample paper and list of cited reference in APA style.
Sample APA style paper and list of cited references.
Export references in APA style for your cited reference list.
Use the "Add to Folder" links to create a list of potentially useful articles then switch to Folder View and Select all items. Click on the "Save as File" icon to the right of your results and select APA in the drop down menu under "Citation Format." Click on "Save" and then copy and paste the resulting list of APA style citations into your word file. APA is the most widely used style in the social sciences.