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Guide for doing research in criminology and criminal justice
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Books for background information

The following are books in the Downtown Library's reference section (1st floor)

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Buzzed : the straight facts about the most used and abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy - Cynthin Kuhn et al.
Call Number: RM316 .K84 2003
ISBN: 0393324931
An authoritative but easy to read guide to commonly used drugs. Includes mental and physical effects and legal classifications for each drug.

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Encyclopedia of Criminology - Richard A. Wright & J. Mitchell Miller
Call Number: HV6017 .E5295 2005
ISBN: 1579583873


Background Inforamtion

 Use the following resources to get broad overviews of social issues and laws as well as facts and definitions of terms relating to your research topic.

Databases for background inforamtion

  • Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics
    Look here for more overviews of research as well as detailed explanations of terms and concepts. Sage covers topics in Criminology, Sociology, Psychology and more.
  • Credo Reference
    Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment
    Dictionary of Probation and Offender Management
    Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture and the Law
    and many more...
  • CQ Public Affairs Collection
    Look here to find analysis of legislation passed on your topic, reports from federal agencies, legal case summaries, and encyclopedia articles on public affairs topics.
  • CQ Supreme Court Collection
    Look here for summaries and analysis of cases brought before the Supreme Court

US Government information

    The US government is the best place to go to find demographic statistics, including census data, public health data, and crime statistics. The online search at is an easy way to get started in your search.

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