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Criminal Justice Pathfinder

Offering resources, such as databases, websites, catalog items, etc., that are relevant to criminal justice.

Developed by Carol Vandenberg, Librarian & Archivist, Social Work Collection, Social Sciences Liaison,
For questions or comments contact:; Revised 10/2018


The following Journals are recommended:

Search electronic journals

  • American journal of criminal justice
  • Computer crime research center
  • Crime and justice
  • Crime data and statistics
  • Criminal justice
  • Criminal justice ethics
  • Criminal justice review
  • International Journal of Criminal Investigation
  • International journal of cyber criminology
  • Journal of international criminal justice
  • Justice quarterly JQ
  • Law and order
  • Police chief

The following Reference and Circulating Books are recommended:

  • But they all come back : facing the challenges of prisoner reentry / by Travis, Jeremy.. Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Urban Institute Press, c2005 .Description: xxvii, 391 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm . HV9304 .T68 2005
  • Careers in criminal justice and related fields : from internship to promotion / by Harr, J. Scott.; Hess, Ka?ren M., 1939-; Harr, J. Scott.Seeking employment in criminal justice and related fields. HV8143 .H327 2006
  • Crime classification manual : a standard system for investigating and classifying violent crimes / by Douglas, John E.. REF HV6253 .C75 2006
  • Federal law enforcement careers : profiles of 250 high-powered positions and tactics for getting hired / by Ackerman, Thomas H.; Ackerman, Thomas H.Guide to careers in federal law enforcement.. HV8143 .A64 2006
  • Gender and crime : patterns of victimization and offending / by Heimer, Karen.; Kruttschnitt, Candace.. Publisher: New York : New York University, c2005 .Description: vi, 336 p. : ill. ; 24 cm . HV6158 .G457 2006
  • Good cops : the case for preventive policing / by Harris, David A., 1957-. HV8139 .H37 2005
  • Handbook of evaluation : policies, programs and practices / edited by Ian F. Shaw, Jennifer C. Greene, Melvin M. Mark. London; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE, 2006. REF AZ191 .H36 2006
  • Human traffic and transnational crime : Eurasian and American perspectives / by Stoecker, Sally W ; Shelley, Louise I . HQ281 .H86 2005
  • Immigration and crime : race, ethnicity, and violence / by Martinez, Ramiro.; Valenzuela, Abel.. Series: New perspectives in crime, deviance, and law series . Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2006 . HV6181 .I45 2006 (available in print and eBook format)
  • Mental health screening and assessment in juvenile justice / edited by Thomas Grisso, Gina Vincent, Daniel Seagrave. New York : Guilford Press, c2005. REF HV9069 .M46 2005 (available in print and eBook format)
  • Offender profiling : an introduction to the sociopsychological analysis of violent crime / by Palermo, George B.; Kocsis, Richard N.. HV6080 .P32 2005
  • Our children, their children : confronting racial and ethnic differences in American juvenile justice / by Hawkins, Darnell Felix, 1946-; Kempf Leonard, Kimberly. HV9104 .O97 2005 (Available in print and eBook format)
  • Profiling and criminal justice in America : a reference handbook / Jeffrey B. Bumgarner. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 2004. REF HV9950 .B86 2004
  • Punishment for sale : private prisons, big business, and the incarceration binge / by Selman, Donna, 1967-; Leighton, Paul, 1964-. HV9469 .S45 2010
  • Traffick : the illicit movement of people and things / by Bhattacharyya, Gargi, 1964-. HV5801 .B49 2005 (available in print and eBook format)


The following Websites are recommended:






The Madonna University Library is interested in assisting you to (excel at, madke the most of) your academic research while at Madonna University. Following are some YouTube tutorials along with comments to explain the distinction between the Internet and the library resources available to you, including research databases among other items.

The tutorials are presented in an order assuming you know very little about the difference between what the Librry offers compared to the Internet. The

Use the tutorials in any oder you choose. We are interested in any feedback you may have.


What Are Databases and Why You Need Them

          Yavapai College Library


          The difference between the Internet and Library databases

Library databases offer such things as scholarly & peer-reviewed articles, strong searching tools and  credible content.


Boolean Searching Basics


          Published on Jul 7, 2011

          Good distinction between Intenet and Databasese searching.

Internet: searches using natural language, Databases: searches using Boolean logic

  • Boolean search terms: OR, AND, NOT

                    OR: broadens search by searching for similar terms.

                    AND: narrows by requiring one or more terms

                     NOT: narrows by excluding terms

  • Phrase searching
    • Narrows: Use of parenthese or quotation marks;
  • Truncation
    • Broadens: Use of question mark or asterisk, wildcard (replaces letters within a word).

Stop here (~ 4:40/5:20)

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These Boolean operators can be used in the Madonna University Library (MUL) research databases and the catalog, Advanced setting,


Quick Tips & Shortcuts for Database Searching, includes examples using EBSCOHost and ProQuest screens

          Modern Librarian Memoirs

Published on Feb 6, 2013


This video covers concepts related to searching within academic research databases, using EBSCO's Academic Search Complete and ProQuest Central as examples. Concepts covered are: using the advanced search, limiters, Boolean operators, citing from a database, and more. Concepts related to information literacy and research skills are covered.


Use advanced search, allowes more options,; Boolean operators, Full-text, Peer-reviewed, Quatoation marks around a compound term, Subject terms,

Stop ~4:09 (5:19)

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