Criminal Justice Subject Guide
Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process,
find reputable sources, and save time.
Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials
To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the
Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice
many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword,
Examples of Subject searches include: community police boards; gangs;
fingerprinting; private prisons; drug related crimes; probation & parole;
crimes against women; and criminal law reform.
Reserve Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors
put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter
than regular circulating books.
To search for a book on reserve in the Library
Catalog, select either Reserves
by Course or Reserves by Instructor.
When you have located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and
present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.
Browsing the Library Collection
Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library
of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on
the shelves by subject.
Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on criminal justice include:
CALL NUMBER RANGE
Criminal Justice, Administration of
the subject subdivisions "Security Measures" or "Crimes Against."
Hint: use Subject Keyword Search.
Using Key Reference Sources
Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some
relevant reference books in criminal justice include:
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
Stanford H. Kadish, editor-in-chief. New York: Free Press, 1983.
HV 6017 E52 1983 Rosenberg Reference
Encyclopedia of World Crime, Criminal Justice, Criminology and Law Enforcement
Jay Robert Nash, editor-in-chief. Wilmette, IL: CrimeBooks, 1989-90.
HV 6017.E54 6 vols. Rosenberg Reference
Comparative and International Criminal Justice Systems: Policing, Judiciary, and
Obi N. Ignatius Ebbe, ed. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000.
HV 7419 C65 2000 Rosenberg Reference
Crime in the United States (until 1997 titled Uniform Crime Report)
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
HV6787 A3 Rosenberg Reference (published each year)
Encyclopedia of Women and Crime
Nicole Hahn Rafter, editor-in-chief. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx, 2000.
HV 6046 E56 2000 Rosenberg Reference
Encyclopedia of Organized Crime in the United States: From Capone's Chicago to
the New Urban Underworld
Robert J. Kelly. Westwood, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.
HV HV 6446 K43 2000 Rosenberg Reference
Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases
Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles
by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries)
and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying
the differences between scholarly
journal v. popular magazine articles?
Note: Most periodical
databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you
will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access
those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the
Library either in person or online.
More information about obtaining a library bar code.
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from
1980 to the present. Most useful for hospitality topics are the
InfoTrac Business File ASAP, Academic ASAP, and the OneFile. These
databases let you limit your results to articles only from scholarly
journals by checking the box "Refereed titles." Most useful for locating
criminal justice topics are Expanded Academic, Business, and OneFile.
References to some professional articles include only the abstract.
To locate the full text of these articles ask Librarians for assistance.
CQ provides lengthy research reports written by the editorial
staff of the Congressional Quarterly Co. Many reports related to
psychology are offered, such as depression, teen suicide,
children and divorce, stress, etc. Excellent overview of current
issues and topics. Includes reports on 3-Strikes Law, Cyber-Crime,
Kids in Prison, and similar contemporary issues. Searching for your
topic under "Browse" locates entire reports.
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor,
Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and
Washington Post -- Time periods vary. Best for descriptions of incidents and crime rates from
Comprised of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority
and native press in America, this unique body of materials covers
a wide range of current topics and countless other social, political
and educational subjects. More than 200 publications covering 1995
to the present are represented, and searchable in both English and
Spanish. Articles discuss crimes within and against ethnic groups
plus police-community relations.
Finding Web Resources
Below are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites for nutrition.
If you use a search engine, such as Google,
remember to evaluate
the quality of the results.
California Department of Justice: Publications, Reports, and Surveys
Publications and statistics on crime, crime prevention, and legal issues in California,
plus calendar of events.
California Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Planning
Links describe OCJP programs, recent reports, and public awareness brochures in the
areas of crime suppression, crime prevention, drug enforcement, juvenile justice,
victim services, violence prevention, gang violence, domestic violence, sexual assault,
and child protection.
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online
Brings together data about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Comprehensive and well-organized site offering access to information about crime, law
enforcement, and criminal justice in the United States with some links to international data.
Information about the Laboratory plus The Handbook of Forensic Services, recent issues
of Forensic Science Communications and the most recent FBI Laboratory Annual Report,
and brief descriptions of FBI cases.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Premier college for the study of criminal justice. Its library homepage is filled
with good Web links and titles of specialized material.
Evaluating Webpages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask
A UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops
Analyzing Information Sources
Developed by Olin-Kroch-Uris Libraries at Cornell University.
Evaluating and Citing Source
A quick and easy check list to use when determining the quality
of web documents. Prepared by Librarians at CCSF.
Need More Assistance?
help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415)
452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and
registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in
a CCSF library.
Library and Web Research Workshops
Fifty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective
methods in searching for books, articles and information on the
Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how
to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and
how to avoid plagiarism.
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