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The Criminology subject guide gives you access to useful library databases and trusted Web resources, relevant for researching many topics in crime, criminology & criminal justice

Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias

Academic dictionaries and encyclopedias are excellent places to start your research, to obtain a basic understanding of terminology, concepts and topics, as well as useful references to follow up. Good sources include:

Encyclopedia of criminology and criminal justice / edited by Gerben Bruinsma & David Weisburd. New York : Springer, 2014

It consists of approximately 600 detailed entries, covering ten areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice Supervision in the community -- Courts, Sentencing and the Judicial System -- Police and Law Enforcement -- Crimes, Criminals and Victims -- Crime Places and Situations -- Explanations for Criminal Behavior -- History of Criminology -- Data, Methods and Statistics -- Social Interventions and Prevention -- Forensics and Forensic Science Investigative Psychology -- Psychology of Law

Encyclopedia of community policing and problem solving / edited by Kenneth J. Peak. Thousand Oaks, CA : SAGE, 2013

Encyclopedia of criminological theory / edited by Francis T. Cullen. Thousand Oaks, CA : SAGE, 2010

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2007- continually updated, includes many articles in criminology)

For theoretical criminology, there are additional articles in:
The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2017)

And for a broader social sciences context, consult this excellent resource:
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 2nd ed. (Elsevier: 2015)

Two important reference resources from Oxford University Press that cover Criminology and are regularly updated with new articles are:

The Criminology section on floor 4 of the library (HV 6024 - HV 9999) contains a number of good reference works, most of which are shelved at
HV 6025. They include the following:

HV 6017             The Oxford encyclopedia of crime, media and popular culture / edited by Nicole Rafter & Michelle Brown. New York :                                               Oxford University Press, 2018

HV 6025.E6        The encyclopedia of crime and punishment / edited by Wesley G. Jennings. Chichester : Wiley Blackwell, 2016

HV 6025.E6        The encyclopedia of theoretical criminology / edited by J. Mitchell Miller. Chichester : John Wiley, 2014

HV 6025.E6        Encyclopedia of crime and punishment / edited by David Levinson. Thousand Oaks, CA : SAGE, 2002

HV 6025.E6        Encyclopedia of criminology and deviant behavior / edited by Clifton D. Bryant. Philadelphia : Brunner Routledge, 2001

HV 6025.S2        The SAGE dictionary of criminology / edited by Eugene McLaughlin and John Muncie. 3rd ed. London : SAGE, 2013

HV 6768.E6        Encyclopedia of white collar and corporate crime / edited by Lawrence M. Salinger. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA : SAGE, 2013

HV 8675.E6        Encyclopedia of criminal justice ethics / edited by Bruce A. Arrigo. Thousand Oaks, CA : SAGE, 2014

Handbooks. E-book collections

After starting your research by gaining a basic understanding from dictionaries and encyclopedias, try exploring the subject field in more detail by searching handbooks relating to your topic. Handbooks present useful surveys of a field and its components, so can be helpful in giving you an idea of the key themes, debates & authors within a field of study. The handbooks published by Oxford University Press and by Routledge are well regarded academic sources: