On the shelf

Encyclopedia of Sociology (Ref HM425 .E5 2000) 5 vols.
Encyclopedia of Conflict Resolution (HM136 .B783 1997)
Violence in America: An Encyclopedia (Ref HN90 .V5 V5474 1999) 3 vols.
Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice (Ref HV6017 .E52 2002) 4 vols.
Encyclopedia of Criminology (Ref HV6017 .E5295 2005) 3 vols.

Crime in the United States (HV6787 .A82) Annual
Statistical Abstract of the United States (Ref HA202) Annual

Credo Reference
Search online versions of nearly 1,000 specialized encyclopedias, including information on government and politics. A great place to get background information.

Article Databases

Search All Library Resources
Search across (almost) all of the content that the library owns, from books in the library to article databases, online encyclopedias, and streaming video.

HeinOnline is an online research platform that provides more than 194 million pages of multidisciplinary periodicals, essential government documents, case law, international resources, and much more. The platform is composed of fully-searchable image-based PDFs, and each image is an exact replication of its print counterpart.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
NCJRS is a federally funded database with articles and other information on crime, justice, and drug use, affiliated with the Department of Justice. Includes some full text.


If you’re browsing the shelves, books related to criminal justice can be found in call numbers beginning with the following letters:

  • Social Sciences (General): H
  • Sociology (General): HM
  • Criminology: HV

Library Catalog
Books at Howard Colman Library.

Locate books available elsewhere and request via interlibrary loan.

Internet Resources

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Statistics provided by the Bureau of Justice, a component of the Office of Justice programs in the U.S. Department of Justice.

CIA Factbook
The best source for concise, detailed information about any country.

Civic Sociology
Civic Sociology is an open access journal from the University of California Press that aims to reconstruct the disciplinary knowledge of sociology.

Criminological Highlights
Criminological Highlights offers a look at currently published criminological inquiry with a focus on policy-relevant research.

FBI Uniform Crime Reports
The top source for statistics on crime.

Search case law and U.S. Code

General Social Survey
Since 1972, General Social Survey has provided perspective on American public opinion on national issues.

Homeland Security Digital Library
Information regarding Homeland Security.

Perspectives on Terrorism
Perspectives on Terrorism seeks to provide a unique platform for established and emerging scholars to present their perspectives on the developing field of terrorism studies and scholarship.

Qualitative Report
The Qualitative Report is a peer-reviewed, online monthly journal devoted to writing and discussion of and about qualitative, critical, action, and collaborative inquiry and research.

United Nations Statistics
An excellent source for global statistics regarding such areas as social conditions, population and demographics, economic factors, the environment, industry, trade, etc.

U.S. Census Bureau
Census statistics for the United States.

U.S. Department of Labor
Information about the labor force in the United States.

U.S. Government Publishing Office
Information regarding all aspects of U.S. Government.