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Criminal Justice: Research Essentials

New Research Resource



Check Sage's Research Basics page for Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Also check our Sage Knowledge collection for a wide assortment of texts on all aspects of the research process.  


Research Essentials

Learn about your topic: discover main issues, key players and organizations, theoretical framework, pros and cons, etc.


Use the Criminology and Sociology Bibliographies to learn about your  research topic. Popular bibliographies include Human Trafficking, Police Misconduct, and Hot Spots Policing.


    Overviews of current topics, i.e., Airline Security or Human Trafficking. 




   Policy File Index                        Reports from think tanks and research organizations.                                                            






These are examples of discipline-specific encyclopedias.  Use these resources to find overviews which cover major aspects of a topic and highlight key issues related to that topic.


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 discovery tools for peer-reviewed literature are described below:

For data, try

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Need more help?

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