Pathfinder: Criminal Justice



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

Clip Art of a police hat and handcuffs for the Criminal Justice pathfinderUse our library catalog, found at one of our catalog terminals near the library entrance or online here. If you want to search by a specific title or author, choose the browse search mode under the “search” key at top of page.  Try different keywords if your first search does not bring up any relevant results.  There is great value in browsing the shelf area where you have found a relevant book.  Look in the section of the shelves marked “HV” to find books specifically about criminal justice and in the “KF” section for the legal aspects of criminal justice.  When searching the online catalog, some recommended keywords include: criminal justice, crime and criminals, criminal procedure, criminal behavior, criminology, criminal statistics, criminal psychology, corrections, prisons, police ethics, law enforcement, police training, and correctional institutions.

Selected Reference Books

  • Crime in the United States 2015 (Ref. HV 6787 .A3)
  • Crime and the Justice System in America (Ref. HV 6789.C6884)
  • Criminal and Civil Investigation Handbook (Ref. HV 8073 .C694)
  • Criminal Justice Information (Ref. HV 7419.5 .C75)
  • Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement (Ref. HV 8133 .N49 2007)
  • Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice (Ref. HV6017 .E52 2002)
  • Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement (Ref. HV 7921 .E53 2005)
  • Encyclopedia of World Crime : Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Law Enforcement (Ref. HV6017 .E54 1989)
  • Juvenile Crime (Ref. HV9104 .F448 2003)


Where to Look for Periodical Articles

Thompson Gale Academic OneFile Database

Academic OneFile

is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. Available journals include the following:

  • American Criminal Law Review
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
  • Law & Contemporary Problems
  • Social Justice


How to Start Your Search

  • NCLive (Requires a password: use your WPCC user name and password to login)
    This database contains full-text articles on many topics from several thousand magazines and journals, including criminal justice and related publications.   We recommend beginning with ProQuest Criminal Justice Database.


WPCC Criminal Justice-Related Print Periodical Subscriptions


Where to Look on the Internet

Here are a number of Internet resources that may be of assistance in you research.


Putting It All Together

Some instructors specify the format that is expected for research papers submitted to them. Check with your instructor to ensure that you use the correct citation format.

  • MLA Style: Documenting Sources on the World Wide Web
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Thesis, and Dissertations (Turabian) (Ref. LB 2369 .T8 1996)
    (online Turabian Quick Guide is available here)
  • Concise Rules of APA Syle (Ref. BF 7617 .C66 2005)
  • MLA Handbook (8th Edition) (Ref. LB 2369 .G53 2016)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition) (Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2010)
  • Other citation styles can be reviewed online at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).


Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance!


 updated 10/2017

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