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Criminal Justice: Reference Resources

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Criminal Justice in the Library

Criminal Justice resources in the library may be located in a number of different places, because it can be associated with both Sociology and Law.  Therefore, it's always a good idea to find the call number before venturing upstairs to make sure that you're in the right place.

If you're feeling adventurous, though, and just want to browse through our collection, here's a partial guide to the Library of Congress call number ranges to get you started:

  • H: Social Sciences (General)
  • HV: Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.
    • HV6001-7220.5: Criminology.
      • HV6035-6197: Criminal antrhopology.
      • HV6201-6249: Criminal classes.
      • HV6250-6250.4: Victims of crimes. Victimology.
      • HV6251-6773.55: Crimes and offenses.
      • HV6774-7220.5: Crimes and criminal classes.
    • HV7231-9960: Criminal justice administration.
      • HV7428: Social work with delinquents and criminals.
      • HV7431: Prevention of crime, methods, etc.
      • HV7435-7439: Gun control.
      • HV7551-8280.7: Police. Detectives. Constabulary.
      • HV8290-8291: Private security services.
      • HV8301-9920.7: Penology. Prisons. Corrections.
  • KF: Law of the United States
    • KF1-9827: Federal law. Common and collective state law.

Keep in mind that many of the titles in KF may not discuss criminal justice directly.  Instead, you might choose to do a Subject search, using keywords such as:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminals
  • Crime
  • Criminology
  • Corrections, Reformatories, Prisons, etc.
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Women offenders
  • Violence

Reference Resources

The following titles consist of encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference soureces that can be useful in your criminal justice research.  This is not a comprehensive list, so explore the shelves and online catalog to see what else is available.

Why Use Books?

For many, the idea of using a book to locate information might seem old fashioned.  But, the reality is that there is still a lot of information NOT available online.  The library owns a wide variety of print resources on topics related to sociology, all of which can be found using the online catalog. 

Our extensive collection of reference books are a great starting point for your research projects, allowing you to learn about your topic, before you start searching for articles in our many databases.