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Criminology - The Study of Crime: Getting Started

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Triveni Kuchi
Librarian for Sociology, Criminal Justice, South Asian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies
New Brunswick Libraries,
Rutgers University - New Brunswick,
Carr Library, 75 Avenue E, Piscataway, NJ-08854

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology is "the study of crime and criminals; this as an academic discipline." This term was first used in 1872 as per the Oxford English Dictionary. "The study of criminology informs our understanding of how, why, when and where crimes occur and suggests policies and procedures to respond and prevent it." Criminal Justice as compared to Criminology refers to the "societal response to crime." The difference between criminology and criminal justice is often nuanced and goes beyond the applied or practical aspects of dealing with crime. The resources in this guide provide broad perspective and list criminology specific sources. Wherever relevant it provides links to criminal justice related information sources, and to the criminal justice resources guide.


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