Criminal Justice

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General Criminal Justice

What is Criminal Justice?
What is Criminology?

COD Library Catalog - Books and Videos in the COD Library

Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what C.O.D. uses to arrange its books)
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Interlibrary Loan, to get books and journal articles from other libraries around the country.
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Reference Books

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

African Americans and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia. (2014)
Chronology of Organized Crime Worldwide, 6000 B.C.E. to 2010.
Crime and Punishment in America : An Encyclopedia of Trends and Controversies in the Justice System.
Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Encyclopedia of American Crime - General HV 6789 .S 54 2001
Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement - Reference HV 8133 .N 48 2007
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice - Reference HV 6017 .E 52 2002
Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment - eBook
Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics (2014)
Encyclopedia of Criminology - Reference HV 6017 .E 5295 2005
Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior - Reference HV 6017 .E 53 2001
Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and International Perspectives (2007)
Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement - eBook
Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime (2003)
Encyclopedia of Organized Crime in the United States - Reference HV 6446 .K 43 2000
Encyclopedia of Police Science - Reference HV7901 .E53 2007
Encyclopedia of Social Deviance.
Encyclopedia of Street Crime in American (2013)
Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention (2010) - eBook
Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime - eBook
Encyclopedia of Women and Crime - Reference HV 6046 .E 56 2000
Gale Encyclopedia of American Law - Reference KF 154 .W 47 2011
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law - eBook
A History of Violence: An Encyclopedia of 1400 Chicago Mob Murders. Reference F 548.3 .J 638 2014
Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia. (2016)
The Mafia Encyclopedia - Reference HV 6441 .S53 2005
Palgrave Dictionary of Public Order Policing, Protest and Political Violence Reference HV 8055 .J 69 2014
The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia. (2012)
The Use and Abuse of Police Power in America : Historical Milestones and Current Controversies.
Violence in America: An Encyclopedia - Reference HN 90 .V 5 V 5474 1999
Women Criminals: An Encyclopedia of People and Issues. (2012)

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Article Databases

Print journals in the Current Periodicals section on the Lower Level:
Corrections Today, Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Police, Police Chief

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the databases from off-campus.

Academic OneFile
Academic Search Complete
Chicago Tribune Excellent for researching local issues
CQ Researcher for hot topics
Proquest National Newspapers Core This helps for researching local issues or current topics.
PsycInfo The main database for psychology journal articles.
SocIndex with Full Text This includes criminal justice journals.
Westlaw Next This includes law journals and court cases and legislation at the state and federal levels.

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Websites

Bureau of Justice Statistics
The main site for law enforcement statistics in the country.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Useful site for crime statistics and information about the FBI

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA)
This has a lot of statistics and publications related to Illinois government activities in Law Enforcement.

Illinois State Police Home Page
Contains information specific to criminal justice in Illinois as well as links to other criminal justice sites on the Internet.

NCJRS - National Criminal Justice Reference Service
An excellent resource for information on criminal justice information throughout the world. Subject areas include corrections, courts, crime prevention, drugs and crime, juvenile justice, international, law enforcement, victims, statistics. This site also links to thousands of free full-text online documents.

National Institute of Justice
Search for research reports and publications from the National Institute of Justice.

Open Jurist
This website gives access to free published court opinions.

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Areas of Focus

Constitutional Law

U.S. Constitution research guide
The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (U.S. Library of Congress)

Reference Books

American Constitutional Law: The Structure of Governments (2014)
American Constitutional Law: The Bill of Rights. (2014)
Constitutional Amendments: An Encyclopedia of the People, Procedures, Politics, Primary Documents [and] Campaigns for the 27 Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. (2012)
Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights - General KF 3941 .A 68 U 88 2011
Encyclopedia of Religion and the Law in America - eBook
Encyclopedia of the American Constitution - General KF 4548 .E 53 1986
Encyclopedia of the First Amendment - Reference KF 4770 .E 53 2009
Evolving Constitution: How the Supreme Court Has Ruled on Issues from Abortion to Zoning - General KF 4548 .L 54 1992
Great American Court Cases - eBook
Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court - General KF8742 .W567 2004
The Oxford Guide to American Supreme Court Decisions - Reference KF 4548 .O 97 1999
The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia - Reference K 204 .P 49 1999
Supreme Decisions: Great Constitutional Cases and Their Impact. (2012)
United States Supreme Court Reports - Reference KF 101 .U 584

Websites

Exploring Constitution Law
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/home.html
Find landmark cases and explore Constitutional law issues.

FindLaw US Supreme Court Center
http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com
Find recent con law cases under "Browse Cases by Topic for Each Term."

Landmark Supreme Court Cases
http://www.streetlaw.org/en/landmark/home
A resource center to help students explore the key issues of landmark cases.

Open Jurist
http://openjurist.org
This website gives access to free published court opinions.

Selected Constitutional Law Decisions of the US Supreme Court
http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cases/conlaw.htm
Highlights some landmark con law cases.

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Corrections/Prisons

The History of Community Corrections background reading
Prison background reading
Probation and Parole background reading
The Sociology of Corrections background reading
COD Library Controversial Topics Research Guide

Reference Books

Encyclopedia of Community Corrections
Encyclopedia of Prisons & Correctional Facilities
Prisons and Prison Systems: A Global Encyclopedia - Reference HV 8665 .R 67 2006
World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems - Reference HV 7901 .W 63 2006

Articles in Print

Corrections Today - current 2 years in Periodicals

Websites

Corrections Connection Network
http://www.corrections.com
A comprehensive site of links about prison issues

Federal Bureau of Prisons
http://www.bop.gov
Go to the News/Information section for reports and publications.

Federal Bureau of Prisons Statistics
http://www.bop.gov/about/statistics/
The main place for prison statistics in the country.

Illinois Department of Corrections
http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/Pages/default.aspx
The place to go for state information.

National Institute of Corrections
http://www.nicic.org
Go to the 'Resources' section of this web site where you will find a wealth of information on corrections topics.

Prisoners' Rights and Resources on the Web
http://civilrights.findlaw.com/other-constitutional-rights/prisoner-righ...
Resources about prisons, prisoners, services for inmates and their families, and other issues.

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Criminal Law

Reference Books

Crime and the Justice System in America: An Encyclopedia - General HV6789 .C6884 1997
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice - Reference HV6017 .E52 2002
Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment - eBook
Encyclopedia of Criminology - Reference HV 6017 .E 5295 2005
Encyclopedia of the American Judicial System - General KF 154 .E 53 1987
Federal Criminal Code and Rules. Reference KF 9606.99 .D 567 2015
Gale Encyclopedia of American Law - Reference KF154 .W47 2011
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law - eBook
Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture and Law - Reference HV7436 .G8783 2002 & eBook
Illinois Code of Ccriminal Procedure ; Illinois Rules of Evidence. Reference KFI 1761 .I 555 2015
Illinois Compiled Statutes. Reference KFI 1229 .I 44
The Oxford Guide to American Supreme Court Decisions - Reference KF 4548 .O 97 1999
The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia - Reference K 204 .P 49 1999
U.S. Statutes at Large.

Websites

FindLaw
http://www.findlaw.com
Select "For Legal Professionals" > "Criminal Law" > "Findlaw Library." There is also some additional material under "For The Public" > "Criminal Law."

Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS)
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs.asp
Illinois state laws. The printed copy can found in the Reference Collection at KFI 1229 .I44.

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA)
http://www.icjia.state.il.us/public/
This state government agency has many reports and other publications that are useful for studying criminal justice.

Illinois Statistical Analysis Center
http://www.icjia.org/public/sac/index.cfm

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Crime Scene Investigation background reading

Reference Books

Criminal Investigation Handbook: Strategy, Law and Science - Reference KF 9619 .M 3 1998
Encyclopedia of Crime Scene Investigation - Reference HV 8073 .N 49 2008
Encyclopedia of Cybercrime - Reference HV 6773 .E 53 2009
Encyclopedia of DNA and the U.S. Criminal Justice System.
Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine - Reference RA 1017 .E 53 2005
Encyclopedia of Forensic Science - Reference HV 8073 .B 425 2008
Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences - eBook
Encyclopedia of High-Tech Crime and Crime Fighting - Reference HV 6773 .N 48 2004
Forensic Science: An Encyclopedia of History, Methods and Techniques - Reference HV 8073 .T 55 2006
The Law of Electronic Surveillance - Reference KF 9670 .L 38 2014

Websites

Crime Scene Investigator
http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net
Links to crime scene investigation articles and web sites.

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Death Penalty/Capital Punishment

  • COD Library Controversial Topics Research Guide
  • Capital Punishment overview reading
    Death Penalty overview reading
    List of COD Library Books on Death Penalty or Capital Punishment

    List of COD Library videos on Death Penalty or Capital Punishment

    Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States - eBook
    Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment - eBook

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    Gangs

    Gangs background reading

    Reference Books

    Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment - eBook
    Encyclopedia of Gangs - Reference HV 6439 .U 5 E 53 2008
    Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice - General HV 9104 .E 58 2003 & eBook
    Encyclopedia of Police Science - Reference HV 7901 .E 53 2007
    Encyclopedia of Race and Crime - Reference HV 6789 .E 43 2009
    Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America (2013)
    Encyclopedia of Women and Crime - Reference HV 6046 .E 56 2000

    Websites

    Criminal Justice Resources:Gangs
    http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/crimjust/gangs.htm
    Extensive links to gang-related resources maintained by Michigan State Library.

    G.R.E.A.T. Program
    http://www.great-online.org
    Read about the Gang Resistance Education and Training curriculum.

    National Alliance of Gang Investigator Associations
    http://www.nagia.org
    Contains extensive gang-related online articles and links to web sites.

    National Youth Gang Center (NYGC)
    http://www.iir.com/nygc
    Useful for gang-related news, legislation and assessment practices.

    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
    http://www.ojjdp.gov/
    Use the Search button, enter 'Gangs' as a Keyword and check the Publications box on the right.

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    Gun Control

  • COD Library Controversial Topics Research Guide
  • Reference Books

    Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights (2011)
    Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime (2003)
    Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America (2013)
    Gun Control: A Documentary and Reference Guide
    Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook. General HV 7436 .C 36 2017
    Gun Debate: An Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights in the United States.
    Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture and Law - (2002)

    Background Readings

    Concealed Carry Laws
    Gun Control and Political Campaigns
    Gun Control as a Social Problem
    The Second Amendment

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    Intelligence and Espionage

    Reference Books

    Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. (2005)
    Encyclopedia of the Central Intelligence Agency. Reference UB 251 .U 5 S 63 2003
    Historical Dictionary of Intelligence Failures. (2015)
    Surveillance in America: An Encyclopedia. (2016)
    List of Historical Dictionaries on Intelligence at the COD Library
    COD Library research guide on Fake News
    COD Library research guide on Lying and Deception

    Background Readings

    Intelligence and Counterintelligence
    Nature of Intelligence
    Propaganda

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    Juvenile Delinquency

    Juvenile Delinquency background reading
    Youth Gangs background reading
    List of COD Library Books on Juvenile Delinquency
    List of COD Library Books on Juvenile Justice
    List of COD Library Videos on this topic

    Reference Books

    Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior - Reference HV 6017 .E 53 2001
    Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice - General HV 9104 .E 58 2003 & eBook
    Encyclopedia of Juvenile Violence - Reference HV 9104 .E 59 2007
    Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America (2013)
    Juvenile Justice in America - General HV 9104 .B 347 2014

    Websites

    Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
    http://www.cjcj.org
    This organization provides direct service, technical assistance and policy research on juvenile and criminal justice issues.

    Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
    http://www.state.il.us/dcfs
    Official web site of DCFS.

    Juvenile Information Network
    http://www.juvenilenet.org
    Web site intended to encourage communications among juvenile justice professionals.

    Juvenile Justice Law Materials
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/Juvenile_justice
    This is the Cornell Law School site for juvenile justice topics. It is a good reference with links to other organizations involving juvenile justice.

    National Center for Juvenile Justice
    http://www.ncjj.org/
    Research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

    National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
    http://www.ncjfcj.org
    This organization is dedicated to improving the nation's juvenile courts.

    NCJRS - National Criminal Justice Information Center
    http://www.ncjrs.gov
    An excellent resource for information on criminal justice information throughout the world. Select 'Juvenile Justice' for reports and papers.

    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
    http://www.ojjdp.gov/
    Excellent source of information on juvenile delinquency issues.

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    Legal System

    See also the sections on Constitutional Law and Criminal Law above.
    List of COD Library Videos on this topic

    Reference Books

    Crime and Punishment in America : An Encyclopedia of Trends and Controversies in the Justice System.
    Crime and the Justice System in America : An Encyclopedia. General HV 6789 .C 6884 1997
    Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and International Perspectives (2007)
    Encyclopedia of the American Judicial System - General KF 154 .E 53 1987
    Gale Encyclopedia of American Law - Reference KF 154 .W 47 2011
    Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law - eBook
    The Judicial Branch of State Government : People, Process, and Politics. Reference KF 8736 .J 83 2006
    Legal Systems of the World : A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia. Reference K 48 .L 44 2002
    The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia - Reference K 204 .P 49 1999
    The U.S. Justice System: An Encyclopedia. (2012)

    Background Readings

    Federal Courts and Jurisdictions
    Judiciary branch of government
    Legal Systems

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    Research Methods

    Citing Your Sources
    Social Science Research guide

    Background Readings
    Bureau of Justice Statistics
    Crime Mapping
    Crime Reports
    Crime Statistics
    Methodological Issues in Evaluating Effectiveness of Crime Prevention
    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
    Police Data
    Self-Report Surveys
    Sociological Theories
    Statistical Methods and Models

    Books
    GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis. General HV 7936 .C 88 G 675 2012
    Illinois Legal Research Guide. Reference KFI 1275 .W 46 2006
    Introductory Criminal Justice Statistics and Data Analysis. General HV 7419.5 .S 63 2016
    Legal Research Methods. General KF 240 .M 872 2006
    Police Writing: A Guide to the Essentials. General HV 7936 .R 53 R 52 2005
    The Public Record Research Tips Book. Reference JK 468 .P 76 S 26 2008
    Research Methods in Forensic Psychology.
    Voices from the Field: Readings in Criminal Justice Research. General HV 6024.5 .V 65 2000
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    Rules of Evidence

    What is Evidence?

    Reference Books

    Criminal Investigation Handbook: Strategy, Law and Science - Reference KF 9619 .M 3 1998
    Encyclopedia of Crime Scene Investigation - Reference HV 8073 .N 49 2008
    Encyclopedia of Forensic Science - Reference HV 8073 .B 425 2008
    Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences - eBook
    Forensic GIS : The Role of Geospatial Technologies for Investigating Crime and Providing Evidence. General HV 8073.5 .F 67 2014
    Forensic Science: An Encyclopedia of History, Methods and Techniques - Reference HV 8073 .T 55 2006
    Illinois Code of Ccriminal Procedure ; Illinois Rules of Evidence. Reference KFI 1761 .I 555 2015
    Illinois Evidence : Illinois Rules of Evidence, Statutes, and Constitution : A Compendium for Criminal Litigation. Reference KFI 1740 .R 78 2012

    Websites

    Federal Rules of Evidence
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/fre/index.html

    Famous Trials
    http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/ftrials.htm
    Case summaries of famous historical trials.

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    Social Justice

    COD/Lewis University Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice/Social Justice

  • COD Library Controversial Topics research guide
  • COD Library Ethics research guide
  • Social Justice background reading
    Criminal Justice Ethics background reading
    Community Justice background reading
    Distributive Justice background reading
    What is EcoJustice?
    Environmental Crime background reading
    Environmental Justice background reading
    Miscarriages of Justice background reading
    Restorative Justice background reading
    Public Health and Crime background rading

  • Death Penalty/Capital Punishment
  • Environment and Ecology library research guide
    Fake News library research guide
    Racism and Discrimination library research guide
    Social Problems library research guide
    List of COD Library Books on Hate
    List of COD Library Videos on Hate
    List of COD Library Books on Social Justice
    List of COD Library Videos on Social Justice

    Reference Books
    African Americans and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia. (2014)
    Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. (2007)
    Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States - eBook
    Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics (2014)
    Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. (2015)
    Encyclopedia of Race and Crime - Reference HV 6789 .E 43 2009
    The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights. (2003)
    Hate Crime in America, 1968-2013 : A Chronology of Offenses, Legislation and Related Events. (2014)
    Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia
    Poverty and the Government in America: A Historical Encyclopedia (2009)
    The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia. (2012)

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    Terrorism

    Terrorism background reading
    Philosophy and Terrorism background reading
    Religious Terrorism background reading
    Terrorism as a Literary Theme background reading
    Terrorist Groups background reading

    Global Terrorism Database
    September 11, 2001 library research guide

    List of COD Library Books on the History of Terrorism
    List of COD Library Videos on Terrorism
    List of COD Library Books on Religious Violence

    Reference Books

    Chronologies of Modern Terrorism Reference HV 6431 .R 84 2008
    Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups Reference HN 90 .R 3 A 75 2002
    Encyclopedia of Modern Worldwide Extremists and Extremist Groups Reference HN 49 .R 33 A 85 2004
    Encyclopedia of Terrorism (2003)
    Encyclopedia of World Terrorism Reference HV 6431 .E 53 2003
    Extremist Groups: Information for Students Reference HN 90 .R 3 E 975 2006
    Historical Dictionary of Terrorism General HV 6431 .A 537 2002
    9/11 and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq : A Chronology and Reference Guide (2012)
    9/11 Encyclopedia (2011)
    Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America : A Chronology Reference HN 90 .V 5 H 49 2005
    Religion and Violence : An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present
    Shocked and Awed : A Dictionary of the War on Terror Reference JZ 1253.5 .H 355 2010
    Talking Terrorism : A Dictionary of the Loaded Language of Political Violence (2003)
    Terrorism: Essential Primary Resources (2006)
    The War on Terror Encyclopedia : From the Rise of Al-Qaeda to 9/11 and Beyond (2014)

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    Urban Studies
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