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Criminal Justice: Articles and News

Journals and Articles

Finding Articles

Select one or more of these resources to find articles in criminology, criminal justice, and law enforcement.

Use these resources to add a disciplinary perspective different from that of criminology and criminal justice. For example, you might use these tools to investigate the psychological aspects of crime, financial crime, prison privatization, prisoner education, or technology for law enforcement.

Ask about additional search tools that may help!


The Library provides access to a broad range of journals in the areas of criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, and law. The titles listed here are representative of materials in our collections.

If you don't find an issue you need, please let us know.  Some older titles may be available as print only; also there are alternative vendors for e-journals.  You may request electronic copies of articles unavailable at NU through our Interlibrary Loan services.

Below you'll find links to both contemporary and historical newspapers.  PressReader is a great resource for anyone planning to travel or study abroad!  It provides newspapers and magazines from over 60 countries, many in their original languages (translation of some titles available).

Check out our new Research Tutorials!

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Use Ulrich's Web to find information about a journal, including its type (i.e., trade, consumer, scholarly, peer-reviewed).    In Ulrich's, the referee's shirt indicates peer-reviewed content.

Many library search engines provide a peer-reviewed selection box.  Once clicked, this feature limits search results to scholarly, peer-reviewed materials.  Many of the criminology/criminal justice search engines available at NU provide this feature, including Criminal Justice Abstracts, Academic Search Premier, Sociological Abstracts, and the Social Sciences Premium Collection.

Several core discovery tools for peer-reviewed literature in criminology/criminal justice are described below:

Try these few basic tips and tricks to improve search results.  For additional help, check out our Top Ten Search Tips!

  • Don't limit search results to full-text articles only!  Use the library branded "check for full-text" linksIf the article you need is not available at NU, you'll be directed to our ILLIAD interlibrary loan service to request electronic delivery of the article text.
  • Where available and appropriate, do limit searches to retrieve only peer-reviewed articles.
  • Put several similar terms together to increase search results, using the connector "or"...death penalty or capital punishment; guns or firearms.
  • Use additional terms to reduce search results; use the connector "and" mass incarceration and drugs or human trafficking and prevention.
  • Too many results?  Try placing "quotation marks" around phrases. Many search engines, look for the individual words as well as the phrases; these search engines include Scholar OneSearch, Google Scholar, JSTOR, and Social Science Premium among others.
  • Use truncation (usually *) to retrieve different word endings  global* = global, globally, globalize, globalization, etc.
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Need more help?

Please e-mail Roxanne Palmatier, library contact for Criminal Justice.