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
A collection of 15 handbooks on topics such as crime prevention, criminological theory, and juvenile crime and juvenile justice.
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.
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
Blackwell Companion to Criminology
Annual Review of Criminology
Oxford Bibliographies - Criminology
These search engines will help you identify articles on your research topic. Use HeinOnline and Nexis Uni to search for law review articles.
Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
Law Review Articles
Contains full text PDFs of hundreds of law review journals, as well as other law and criminology journals. Select \"Core U.S. Journals\" subset of the Law Journal Library section of the site. Use AND in capital letters when building your search (e.g., race AND sentencing AND disparit* )
Subscription courtesy of the Charles Widger School of Law.
Nexis Uni Limitations on Use
Provides full-text access thousands of sources including newspapers, news transcripts, court cases, and law reviews. To search law reviews, click Law Reviews under guided search, enter your terms, and select a date range. Formatting in NexisUni is problematic, so you may wish to re-search for a specific article title in HeinOnline in order to get a more readable PDF version of the article.
Limitations on Use:
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Provides full text access to the complete Philadelphia Inquirer archive up to 2009: the Philadelphia Inquirer (1860-1934), the Philadelphia Inquirer Public Ledger (1934-1969), and the Philadelphia Inquirer (1969-2009). Use Philadelphia Inquirer (NewsBank) for access to current content.
Philadelphia Inquirer, 1981- (NewsBank)
Provides full text access to articles published since 1981. Does not include ads, calendar listings, horoscopes, sports statistics, stock tables, weather forecasts, and puzzles.
Philadelphia Tribune, 1912-2001 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Provides full-text access to articles published between 1912 and 2001. The Philadelphia Tribune is the oldest continuously published African American newspaper in the U.S. More recent articles are available from ProQuest U.S. Newsstream.
ProQuest U.S. Newsstream
Provides access to national, regional, and local newspapers as well as newswires, blogs, and news sites. Includes current access to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Also includes the Philadelphia Tribune from 2009 through the present.
Citation and Writing Tools
A guide by Falvey librarians, with information on citation styles and citation management software.
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use citation management tool that must be downloaded to your computer. Go to Zotero.org to sign up for your Zotero account and to download the software and the browser plugin. Click here to download a quick-start guide to Zotero.
ZoteroBib is a free web-based tool for creating quick, on-the-fly bibliographies. Click here to download a quick-start guide to ZoteroBib.