Criminal Justice Training Resources

The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of criminal justice.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 


Crime in the United States: 2010.  Fourth Edition.  U.S. Databook Series.  REF 364.973 Uniform 2010.


Cop Speak:  The Lingo of Law Enforcement and Crime.  Tom Philbin (1996).  New York:  John Wiley and Sons.
Call no:/ 363.203 Philbin.

Cops, Crooks, and Criminologists:  An International Biographical Dictionary of Law Enforcement.  Alan Axelrod and
Charles Phillips (1996).  Call no: R 364.0922 Axelrod.

Homosexuality and the Law.  Churck Stewart (2001). Call no:  Ref 346.73013 Stewart.


Encyclopedia of American Crime v1-2.  Carl Sifakis (2001).  Call no.:  REF 364.973 Sifakis v1.

Encyclopedia of American Prisons.  Marilyn D. McShane and Frank P. Williams III, Editors (1996).  Call no.: REF 365.973 Encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Forensic Science.  Suzanne Bell, Ph.D.  (2004).  Call no.:  REF 363.25 Bell.

Encyclopedia of Law Inforcement v1-3.  Larry E. Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief (2005).  Call no.:  REF 363.20973 Encyclopedia v. 1-3.

The Encyclopedia of Police Science v1-2.  Jack R. Greene, Editor (2007).  Call no.: R 363.203 Encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Prisons & Correctional Facilities v1-2.  Mary Bosworth, Editor (2005).  Call no.: REF 365.973 Encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Women and Crime.  Nicole Hahn Rafter (2000).  Call no.: REF 364.082 Hahn.


Capital Punishment:  A Reference Handbook.  Michael Kronenwetter (1993).  Call no.:  REF 364.66 Kronenwetter.

Emergency Response to Terrorism Job Aid.  Federal Emergency Management Agency (2000).  Call no.: R364.142 Emergency.

Hate Crimes:  A Reference Handbook.  Second Edition.   Donald Altschiller.  Call no.:  REF 364.15 Altschiller.

Law and the Courts:  A Handbook of Courtroom Procedures (1990).  American Bar Association. Call no.:  R 347.5 Law. 

Punishment in America.  Cyndi Banks (2005).  Call no.:  REF 364.60973 Banks.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics.  Bureau of Justice Statistics (1999).  Call no.: REF 364.973 Sourcebook v. 1999.

The Sonoma/Napa and Partners (SNAP) online catalog is the gateway to circulating books on child development. Search by keyword, author, title or subject. Subject headings strive to identify topics with consistent terminology. The basic terminology is produced by the Library of Congress. Always look at the subject headings in any catalog, database or index to make sure that you are searching with the most relevant terminology. Once you have the right terms, it's much easier to find the right books.  When searching by subject, use one or more of the subject headings below:

Correctional Institutions -- United States
Criminal Justice, Administration of -- Encyclopedias
Female offenders --Dictionaries
Forensic Sciences -- Encyclopedias
Law Enforcement--Encyclopedias
Prison Administration -- United States
Prisons -- United States -- History -- Encyclopedias
Punishment--United States--History--Handbooks, manuals
Women, Crimes against

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The following databases may be useful in locating information on anatomy and physiology. These reference sources are available online through Solano, Napa and Partners (SNAP) databases and require a library card
or e-card to access them.

Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
Academic OneFile (Gale)
E-books (Ebsco)
Lexis-Nexis Academic on campus use only
MasterFile Premier  (Ebsco)
General OneFile (Gale) 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context 
Student Resources In Context  

PILOTS Database 
The PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. It is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public. There is no charge for using the database, and no account or password is required. Although it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the PILOTS database is not limited to literature on PTSD among veterans. 


Created by a criminal defense attorney to help legal practitioners gather information, CrimeLynx claims to seek out the "best not the most of the web" and provides categories of links such as legal research, forensic and expert investigation, media, politics, and commentary.

Criminal Justice Profiles
A non-commercial site created to provide pertinent career information for students and professionals in the field of criminal justice.  Content includes information about the nature of various careers in criminal justice, related salaries, criminal justice programs in higher education, an annotated list of job search sites, gateways, and more.

Developed by Dr. Frank Schmalleger, Director of the Justic Research Association, has described the Cybrary as the definitive "search engine for CJ professionals and students).  It references over 12,000 CJ-related web sites including government and non-government publications with annotations written by its staff.

Juvenile Justice Clearing House
Created by Florida State University Criminology and Criminal Justice students, this site contains a collection of federal, state, private and personal websites that discuss a variety of topics in criminal justice.

Virtual Library:  Criminal Justice
A gateway to criminal justice resources including criminal investigation and forensic science and law gateways.

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Last updated:  Sept. 22, 2011                                                                 Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery