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Library Research Guide: Sociology & Criminal Justice


Databases (Scholarly Articles)

  • JSTOR – offers full-text access to archival and current issues of over 1,400 scholarly journal titles in more than 50 subject areas, including over 150 titles in Social Science related subjects (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • Academic Search Premier – “This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles,” including many social science subjects (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • Gender Watch – focuses on how gender impacts broad subjects areas and offers an historical perspective on women’s movement and gender roles.  It includes scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, books, as well as NGO, government and special reports (log-in required for off-campus access).


  • American FactFinder – Contains searchable data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Data can be searched by topic, geographic area, population group, or industry.
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice – extensive statistics available numerous topics including crime & victims, law enforcement, courts, sentencing, and much more.
  • – Links to numerous federal statistical agencies that provide Sociology statistics in a variety of areas.  On the right hand side of the webpage under the heading “Agencies by subject,” scroll down to Crime or Demographics. This will generate a list of links to the government agencies that collect statistics in these subject areas.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service – The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of and bibliographic information for more than 210,000 publications including: Federal, State, and local government reports; books; research reports; journal articles; and unpublished research. Subject areas include corrections, courts, drugs, law enforcement, juvenile justice, crime statistics, domestic preparedness, and victims.  Many items are linked to the full-text electronic document.
  • Population Reference Bureau – extensive set of statistics available on many social topics and issues including heath, education, employment, income, mortality, and much more. Available in English, French, and Spanish.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States – standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.  Contains data on a variety of topics: education, recreation, agriculture, income & poverty, labor & earnings, and many more. Annual editions from 2012 and earlier are available freely online.

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