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

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.

Literature Reviews

  Annual Review of Sociology

  Sociology Compass

  Annual Review of Criminology

  Oxford Bibliographies - Criminology

Finding Articles

These search engines will help you identify articles on your research topic. Enter one search term on each line, then use the filters to limit by date range and to focus on subjects that are relevant to your research question.

Scholarly Articles

  Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)

  Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)

  PsycINFO (ProQuest)  Tutorial

  Google Scholar

Citing Your Sources

Citation and Writing Tools 
A guide by Falvey librarians, with information on citation styles and citation management software.

Zotero.org 
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 
ZoteroBib is a free web-based tool for creating quick, on-the-fly bibliographies. Click here to download a quick-start guide to ZoteroBib.