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Also known as "Scholarly Articles," "Peer-Reviewed Articles," or "Academic Articles," these are:
  • Written and reviewed by scholars and provide new research, analysis, or information about a specific topic.
  • Usually focused on a narrow subject or a single case study
  • Intended for an academic audience


The following databases are a good place to find information on the field of criminal justice

 Unlike journal articles, scholarly books:
  •  Are written on a broader, general subject
  •   May contain a collection of related chapters by different authors
  •   Contain less recent information
Remember: you may only need to read one chapter of a scholarly book!



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American Society of Criminology – An international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. This site is subscription-based, however there are links to some divisions that content is open-access.

National Criminal Justice Association – The representative of state, tribal and local criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, the NCJA works to promote a balanced approach to communities’ complex public safety and criminal and juvenile justice system problems. Site includes directory of state agencies.

United States Department of Justice – Tasked to Enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law, ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic, provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
United Nations entity established in 1967 to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice.

Interpol – The world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries, working to enable police around the world to work together.

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) – A nonprofit nonpartisan organization whose mission is to reduce society’s reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems.

Vera Institute of Justice – Works to help build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service – A federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. A-Z Topics provides excellent link-out resources.

Homeland Security Digital Library – A premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management, meant to strengthen the national security of the United States by supporting local, state, tribal, territorial and federal analysis, debate, and decision-making needs and to assist academics of all disciplines in homeland defense and security related research.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics - a treasure trove of criminal justice-related statistics. Among the broad categories of statistics included are criminal justice characteristics; public opinion; crime, victims; arrests, seizures; courts, prosecution, sentencing; and parole, jails, prisons, and the death penalty. Data tables are provided in PDF or spreadsheet CSV formats and updated as new data arrives. An archive of past Sourcebooks is also available.

Bureau of Justice Statistics – Collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

CT Uniform Crime Reports: Publications & Queriable Statistics – Publications and summary data from Crime In Connecticut — the annual publication of the Connecticut Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, maintained by the Connecticut State Police Crime Analysis Unit.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data – Facilitates research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources; through the production of original research based on archived data; and through specialized training workshops in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data.

U.S. Data and Statistics – Provides links to various official statistical information produced by the Federal Government.