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Criminal Justice

Research Resources for Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

This guide presents resources for researching Criminal Justice and related topics. Below you will find general resources for starting your research. Please see the tabs above for more specific resources, Please see the Selected electronic resources on current topics tab for highlights from our catalog. Contact the Criminal Justice librarians listed for additional assistance.

Finding Articles

To find articles, you can use the following access points:

  • Start with the General Databases listed below or go to the suggested subject specific databases in this guide listed on the Finding Articles tab.
  • Indexes and Databases: Search all of the libraries' indexes and databases by title, subject or resource type. Once you choose an index or database, search your topic.
  • QuickSearch  (QuickSearch Help): Use one search bar to find journals, articles, books, periodicals, videos, and more. 

Both Popular and Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Articles are available in all of these resources. Your assignment may require you to only use peer-reviewed articles. What is the difference?

Gray Literature

This database contains gray literature publications on all aspects of crime and criminal justice that are available online or in the Don M. Gottfredson Library of Criminal Justice. This database supplements the Rutgers School of Law Library Catalog and Criminal Justice Abstracts.

Gray literature is a term applied to sources of information that are not commercially published and is typically composed of technical reports, working papers, government and agency reports, and conference proceeding.

Citing Sources

Guides for formatting using APA Style (American Psychological Association)

REFERENCE STACKS or REFERENCE DESK (currently not available with buildings closed)
BF 76.7 .P83 2010

(for other formats see Writing and Citation Formatting link below)

Bibliographic Tools



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