Research Guide: Criminal Justice

Background Information

More books about criminal justice and related topics can be found using the Library's catalog.

Crime in the United States 2017 Online Only
Black's Law Dictionary REF KF 156. B 53 2004
Burton's Legal Thesaurus REF KF 156. B 856 2007
Dictionary of Law Online Only
Dictionary of Law Enforcement Online only
Encyclopedia of American Crime REF HV 6789. S54 2001
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice REF HV 6017. E52 2002
Encyclopedia of Criminology REF HV 6017. E5295 2005
Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice REF HV9014. E58 2003
Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement REF HV 7921 .E 53 2005
Encyclopedia of Police Science REF HV 7901. E 53 2007
Oxford Companion to American Law REF KF 154. O 96 2002
Uniform Crime Reports Online Only

Databases (articles)

Criminal Justice Collection

Useful for those studying law, law enforcement, terrorism, homeland security, forensic science, and more.

War & Terrorism Collection

Provides authoritative periodical content addressing both historic and contemporary topics in the fields of war and terrorism.


SocINDEX with Full Text covers a broad range of studies including criminal justice.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

The NCJRS contains thousands of state, federal, and local government reports, books, and articles on all areas of law and criminal justice.

Science Direct Journals

Science Direct Journals offers peer-reviewed journals in law and criminal justice and maybe limited to studies.


PsycARTICLES offers peer-reviewed journals in psychological behavior and maybe limited to studies.


JSTOR is a journal archive and contains older articles on law and criminal justice.

Legal Collection

This database can be used to locate high-quality legal research directly from legal reviews and trade publications. The articles in this database discuss current and past law, important cases, criminal justice, and much more.

Westlaw Campus Research

Westlaw Campus Research can be used to locate millions of newspaper articles, as wells as legal and business news.

Web Resources

Bureau of Justice Statistics

The BJS is a terrific source of current justice statistics, and can be used to locate trends in crime, incarceration rates, and more.

Free Internet Legal Research Sources and Resources

Created by the William Mitchell College of Law Library, this list of legal research resources contains links to legal associations, legal codes, legal news, and more. Browse by jurisdiction, topic, or resource type or search.

Legal Information Institute

Created by Cornell's law school, the LII is a great source of information about the American legal system, from the Constitution to State Laws. This is also a great source of information about the Supreme Court.

This site specializes in news about the Supreme Court and contains extensive lists of cases decided by the Supreme Court since its inception in 1793. Links to opinions are provided. Some of the annual lists of cases are incomplete.

Public Library of Law

This search engine specializes in legal information. It can be used to locate state and federal codes, cases, rules and regulations, and much more. Tutorials are available.

State of Utah Publications

Search the State of Utah's Digital Library for Utah laws.

U.S. Government's Official Web Portal

This online portal and search engine can be used to locate government reports and documents from all agencies.

Utah Crime Reports

Utah's Department of Public Safety regularly releases crime statistics for the state. This site offers access to those reports from 1997 to the present.

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