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Criminology: Getting started with Criminology

Criminology collections in Cambridge
Welcome to the Criminology subject guide. This page outlines how to get started researching criminology in the University of Cambridge. Many physical and online resources are available for members of the University. The Radzinowicz Library houses the most comprehensive criminology collection in the United Kingdom and is internationally recognised as a world-class criminal justice resource and is a great starting point. The Radzinowicz Library staff are able to provide help and advice on navigating criminology resources. The resources outlined below are deliberately brief. Please contact us directly for help with specialist and more involved enquiries.

Students in the Institute of Criminology should also refer to their course pages and student handbooks.

If you are not finding the results you need or think you should be getting, the search may just need a little bit of tweaking. You may need to think of other ways to define your search terms or structure your topic. You might need to add limits or filters to refine your search results. Please access online resources using the links on the Radzinowicz Library's online resources page. may need to exclude items/topics from your search and there may be access issues that need explaining. Perhaps another resource may be more appropriate for your search. 

Most catalogues and databases provide their own very useful help pages and tips.

Please ask Library staff for help. We are always happy to provide assistance and we can arrange sessions to look at any aspect of using Library resources. We also have a number of guides already available. Please ask for further details. We can be contacted in the library, by email or by telephone + 44(0)1223 335386. We will get back to you as soon as we can. 


Locating print collections
Please ask the Radzinowicz Library staff if you need help finding material in the library or for any other criminology enquiries.

Many other Cambridge libraries also hold useful collections for your subject.

We recommend:

Squire Law Library, Sidgwick Site

University Library, West Road

SPS (Social and Political Sciences) Library, New Museums Site

Psychology Library, Downing Site


  • The iDiscover catalogue can be used to search all print and online content available to you as a member of the University.
  • Using the search box above, type a few words from the book, journal, or article title (you can restrict your search using the Criminology Library button).
  • If the content you require is available online "full-text available" should appear in your results.
  • Ensure that you login via Raven first to see all content available to you online via the University.
  • For help using iDiscover please see the video tutorials on YouTube or the iDiscover LibGuide for searching and account management advice.
  • See the 'Researching a Topic' tab for further details on searching.

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