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Below is a select list of databases useful to searching articles in criminology-related publications.

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Key Resources

  • Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)
    Criminal Justice Abstracts is a comprehensive database which indexes and provides summaries of international journal articles, as well as books, dissertations, and reports on virtually any topic in criminal justice.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
    Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary resource that "provides journal coverage for most academic areas of studies."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • PsycINFO (American Psychological Association - EBSCO)
    PsycINFO is an abstracting and indexing database of more than 2000 journals (approximately 3.3 million records) devoted to peer-reviewed literature (journals, books and dissertations) in the behavioural sciences and mental health.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) Complete (ProQuest)
    Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) Complete is the nation's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic full-text reference and current events database. Available through the ProQuest Web interface, CBCA Complete combines full text and indexed content from all four CBCA database subsets (Business, Current Events, Education, and Reference). Subject coverage is comprehensive and information is available from the broadest range of Canadian sources anywhere.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
    Sociological Abstracts "covers the world's literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behaviorial sciences."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Additional Resources

  • Bepress Legal Repository
    A growing collection of working papers and presentations emanating mainly from American law school faculty and graduate students. The papers cover all areas of the law, but the emphasis is on law and economics, legal theory, and public law and policy.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly (CPI.Q)
    Indexes over 400 Canadian periodicals (English and French) with full-text and reports from 165 periodicals.
    Limited to single-user access.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC - EBSCO)
    "CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association), and Mass media articles index (formerly produced by Pennsylvania State University) along with numerous other journals..."--About the database.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Google Scholar
    Google Scholar searches a subset of the Web that Google has classified as "scholarly literature". They do not publish a list of chosen sites, and they do not state how often sites are checked. Some important sources are not covered at all. Thus, Google Scholar alone should not be relied on for comprehensive research.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • HeinOnline
    HeinOnline is a comprehensive database of U.S. and international law journals, treatises, yearbooks, reports, cases, treaties, and other legal information resources. Organized into collections called “libraries,” all documents are image-based, full-text searchable PDFs. Most of HeinOnline’s libraries are searchable by citation.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
    "Historical Abstracts is an exceptional resource that covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more ... Provides indexing of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955."--Database information page.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • LegalTrac
    Provides references to articles in major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international (including English-language and French-language Canadian) legal journals. Also includes references to selected law-related articles from business and general interest publications.
    LegalTrac also provides access to over 100 full-text journals covering the aforementioned fields of study.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) International and Archive (ProQuest)
    The PAIS International database contains references to journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. Newspapers and newsletters are not indexed. Also included in PAIS are the PAIS Archive and ProQuest Deep Indexing: Public Administration and Policy databases.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Quicklaw
    LexisNexis Advance Quicklaw is a Canadian online legal information system that provides full text of Canadian and foreign case law, federal and provincial legislation and regulations, case reports, digests, tribunal decisions, and statutes, as well as secondary materials such as law journals and newsletters.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
    Social Services Abstracts "provide bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Social Work Abstracts (EBSCO)
    "Social Work Abstracts offers extensive coverage of more than 450 social work and human services journals dating back to 1977. Produced by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the database provides indexing and abstracts dealing with all aspects of the social work field, including theory and practice, areas of service and social issues and problems. Researchers seeking scholarly and professional perspectives on subjects such as therapy, education, human services, addictions, child and family welfare, mental health, civil and legal rights, and more will find Social Work Abstracts to be an indispensable resource."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Violence & Abuse Abstracts (EBSCO)
    Violence & Abuse Abstracts publishes 1,200 abstracts annually plus and extended bibliography of recent literature on all types of interpersonal violence, including sexual, physical and psychological child abuse, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and harassment, hate crimes, workplace violence, gang violence, elder abuse and neglect. Each abstract is categorized into one of four distinct sections: medical, legal, psychological and social.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Selected Core Journals

The following is a selected list of core peer-reviewed academic journals which are among the most important to the general discipline of criminology. During database searches, you will encounter articles from these journals, plus many additional titles essential to specific criminology sub-fields, research approaches, geographic regions, or related disciplines.



The library subscribes to many newspapers online, including major historical archives for The Globe & Mail, The New York Times, and The Times (London).


Reference Sources


Key Resources

  • Encyclopedia of Criminology [HIL-REF HV6017 .E5295 2005 vols. 1-3]

    Everyone who reads the news or watches television has an opinion about crime and law enforcement, but scholarly work takes its own course. Grounded in sociology with contributions from psychology, political science, law, economics, and geography, the disciplines of criminology and criminal justice are multifaceted and overlapping. This three- volume reference aims to provide a comprehensive, authoritative review of both traditional and contemporary topics, including theoretical concerns as well as the practicalities of causes, cures, and the justice system. Coverage encompasses the history of criminology and of legal and criminal justice traditions, types and correlates of criminal behavior, victimization, global issues, professional issues, and prominent figures. Entries range in length from about 1,000 to several thousand words; they are cross-referenced and include references, and Volume 3 contains the index. Editor Miller (U. of South Carolina) shouldered completion of the work after the demise in 2001 of editor Wright (Arkansas State U.). Annotation #169;2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • Criminological Theories [HIL-REF HV6018 .A38 2004]

    Akers (University of Florida) and Sellers (University of South Florida) review and evaluate the principal criminological theories on the basis of their empirical validity. For this fourth edition, they add separate chapters on biological and psychological theories, and expanded treatment of areas including peer groups, religious factors, behavioral genetics and evolutionary theory, and restorative justice. The book can be used as a text for courses in criminology, juvenile delinquency, deviance, and criminal behavior. Annotation #169;2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • Sage Dictionary of Criminology, The [HIL-REF HV6017 .S24 2006]

    Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

  • Crime and Punishment: Essential Primary Sources [HIL-REF HV7419 .C743 2006]
    Presents approximately 150 primary source documents, such as speeches, legislation, memoirs, newspaper articles, and interviews, related to crime and punishment between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries.
  • Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology
    see also [HIL-REF HM425 .B53 2007 vols. 1-11]
    This title is part of the Wiley/Blackwell Reference Online e-book collection available through the Wiley Online Library.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Wiley/Blackwell Reference Online
    Wiley/Blackwell Reference Online "is a vast new online library giving instant access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship across the humanities and social sciences. With more than 350 reference volumes to be published in Blackwell Reference Online by the end of 2008, it is the largest academic reference collection available online and includes the critically-acclaimed Blackwell Companions and Handbooks, major reference works such as the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management and the Companion to Syntax, and a whole host of other valuable reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and concise companions."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology: Concepts and Terms [HIL-REF HV7411 .C756 2002]

    This dictionary provides brief, basic definitions for terms related to criminal justice and criminology. Arranged alphabetically, entries describe theoretical positions, law enforcement agencies, classifications of crime, police weaponry, major figures in criminology, and other topics. The authors are sociologists, criminologists, and consultants. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Additional Resources

  • Encyclopedia of Murder & Violent Crime [HIL-REF HV6515 .E5323 2003]

    In a seemingly endless parade of specialized encyclopedias, editor Hickey (California State Univ., Fresno) has compiled a valuable and comprehensive work whose nearly 500 entries range from "Aeronautical Mass Murder" to the "Zoot Suit Riots." Among the diverse topics covered by over 100 professionals are documented cases of serial killers, organized crime, cyberstalking, the death penalty, ethnic cleansing, and terrorism. In addition, the text boasts many fact-filled special-interest sidebars; a convenient, easy-to-use "Reader's Guide"; comprehensive bibliographies for every article; and appendixes listing key criminological theorists, serial killers, and organized crime groups. This book is written to appeal to a wide audience, which is appropriate: the public is greatly interested in the subject. Recommended for all public libraries.-Tim Delaney, SUNY at OswegoCopyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information

  • Encyclopedia of Social Measurement [HIL-REF HA29 .E525 2005]

    Written by experienced methodologists in various fields of the social sciences, the 356 alphabetically arranged, signed entries in this encyclopedia describe the "research questions social scientists ask, the sources and methods they use to collect information, and the techniques they use to analyze these data and provide answers to the important questions."

  • Encyclopedia of Social Theory
    see also [multiple locations HIL-REF HM425 .E453 2006]

    Social theory occupies a central role in today's debates in such sociology-related disciplines as anthropology, political theory, political economy, media and cultural studies, feminist theory, and post-colonial studies. Heading a large team of international scholars, Harrington (sociology, U. of Leeds, UK) introduces some 500 entries by noting that the encyclopedia's emphasis is on concepts, themes, debates, and schools of thought rather than on personalities (thus accounting for the lack of photos). Signed entries ranging from about 300 to 2,500 words cover connotations of "action" to contemporary Slovenian theorist Zizek, Slavoj. They include references, cross-references, and further reading. The detailed index facilitates searches. Annotation #169;2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • Encyclopedia of White Collar & Corporate Crime [HIL-REF HV6768 .E63 2005 vols. 1-2]

    Using a broad definition of white-collar crime that is both sociological and legalistic in nature, Salinger (Arkansas State U.) presents an encyclopedia meant to provide college, public, or high- school library users with legal and historical information about white-collar crime--particularly in the contemporary United States. The 500 or so alphabetical entries cover specific companies and individuals as well as legal and thematic topics which fall under categories such as business fraud and crimes, consumers, countries and regions, criminology and justice, financial and securities fraud, medical and healthcare fraud, political scandals, pollution, products, regulation, scams and swindles, war-profiteering, and work-related crimes. The encyclopedia also contains a brief timeline and appendixes providing a glossary, summaries of laws, and a bibliographical guide to additional research. Annotation #169;2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • Forensic Science (vol. 1-3) [HIL-REF HV8073 .F5837 2009 v.1 - v.3]

    This 3-volume encyclopedia goes far to satisfying the reader's curiosity in all aspects of forensics, with entries on such topics as coroners, DNA typing, improvised explosive devices, Napoleon's death, voiceprints, and tattoo identification. The 460 articles, arranged alphabetically, cover the specialties of forensic science, professional organizations, related fields, investigative techniques and technologies, crime scenes, law, and the stories of historic crimes and forensic mysteries. The articles were authored by academics and scientists at universities and other institutions, mainly in the US. A glossary, guide to internet resources, guide to television programs, key figures in forensic science, time line, and a bibliography--as well as category and subject indexes--are included in V.3.

  • International Encyclopedia of Communication Online
    This title is part of the Wiley/Blackwell Reference Online e-book collection available through the Wiley Online Library.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd Ed.)
    see also [HIL-REF H41 .I58 2001 vols. 1-26]
    Fully revised and updated, the second edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, first published in 2001, offers a source of social and behavioral sciences reference material that is broader and deeper than any other. Available in both print and online editions, it comprises over 3,900 articles, commissioned by 71 Section Editors, and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.

    UNB has online access to the 2001 edition as well as owning print volumes of the earlier edition.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Oxford Reference
    Multi-part database of the online versions of Oxford University Press texts. Each topical division contains the searchable version of the latest edition of published dictionaries and encyclopedias. Additionally, information about Oxford University Press is provided. Online texts will be updated after new editions of the print monographs are published. Covers the humanities and social sciences.
    5 simultaneous users.
  • World Police Encyclopedia [HIL-REF HV7901 .W64 2006]

    Containing articles on each member state of the United Nations, as well as the non-member nation of Taiwan, this encyclopedia put together by Das (criminal justice, Grambling State U.) offers a global comparison of the world's national police systems. Each entry follows a common organizing principle, first presenting background historical and statistical information, followed by discussion of contextual features such as the political structure of the government of the country and information on crime, the criminal justice system, and penal codes and prisons. The primary section of each entry covers the history and development of the police system, demographic profiles of the police force, organizational structures, police powers and functions, training requirements, public outreach programs by the police (if they exist), laws and regulations related to police firearm use and ownership, police accountability regarding citizen complaints and human rights, police response to terrorism, and international cooperation. When applicable a section on police education, research, and publications is included, providing an overview of higher education for police, leading researchers, funding for police research, police research publications, and police-related websites. Each entry also includes with a bibliography of cited sources and suggestions for further reading. Annotation #169;2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

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Finding Dissertations and Theses

Dissertations and theses are like unpublished books, and may be especially useful for new research areas where not much information has yet been published. Search using Dissertations & Theses, an online database that contains the work of authors from over 1,000 graduate schools and universities. All PhD dissertations and Master's theses from participating universities are available in fulltext from 1997 onwards, unless the document's author has requested a temporary delay. Print or microfilm copies of dissertations and theses written by UNB students can also be found by searching Quest.

Browsing Shelves

To browse the shelves for books in criminology, try the following ranges:

HV 6001-7220 Criminology
HV 7231-9960 Crminal Justice Administration
HM 401-1281
(HM 1-299 was used prior to 1999)
Sociology (General)
HN 1-995 Social History, Conditions, Problems
HV 1-5840 Social Service, Social Work, Charity
K Law
BF 1-990 Psychology
H 1-99 Social Sciences (General)



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The Government Documents, Data, and Maps Department website provides access to a wide variety of materials. The following specific government sites are often used in criminology:

Legal Resources

Consult the Gerard V. La Forest Law Library's Law guide, in order to find law-related books and journal articles, cases and legislation, and other resources about law. The following specific legal databases are often used in criminology:



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