Criminology - Recommended Sources
A quick way of getting to grips with a new subject before embarking on lots of academic research may be to use a reliable reference work or to take a look at a quickly obtainable and easily searchable e-book on the topic. This can provide you with a good vocabulary to use when creating a search strategy for academic peer reviewed articles. However as a criminologist you may well be studying areas around public policy and public opinion which may require upto date but not necessarily peer reviewed materials to use as evidence. Government Sources are freely available on the web and can show policy old and new and may include useful statistics and other factual evidence. In addition there are numerous non-governmental organisations active in the field who may be lobbying to change policy or producing statistics about specific problem areas Both types of organisation may well provide access to research papers and statistics on the open web. Additionally if you are researching public opinion you may be interested in media and news otlets which may indicate public feelings or pprovide first hand account of events which you are studying. The lists below aim to identify some useful sources in these areas.Click on the button bars below to show/hide suggested resources.
The following are useful reference works for Criminology.
A collection of reference sources solely on criminology, but with a US bias. Do try the Concept Map if you are looking for a different way to search.
The most current available national guidance on policing practice.
Will publish current government policy, reports and research while older material is curated by the National Archive. In case of difficulty please contact Linda Jones.
These often provide an alternative viewpoint on government policy and may sponsor independent research or collate international facts and figures
Data from a number of years which you can download and manipulate into graphs etc.
The following is a selection of criminology related websites we think you'll find useful.
Aims to help people make well-informed decisions by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, and social welfare.
Watch UK TV programmes from 2007 onwards, including many films and useful documentaries. Unfortunately not available to those of you accessing from outside the UK.
Ask the library about historical news sources (in Library only)
Nexis not in Discovery
Regional and national newspapers from the UK, Europe, the USA and Australasia, dating from the 1980s onwards
Online newspapers via a search engine (in Library only)
Tend to be the least stable source.