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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.
Web of Science
The Web of Science (citation indexes), published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the sciences, social sciences and arts. It indexes major journals in these disciplines. Because the information stored about each article includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography), you can also search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work. The search interface at this web site provides access to Science Citation Index,Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Criminal Justice Abstracts
Provides comprehensive coverage of U.S. and international criminal justice literature including scholarly journals, books, dissertations, governmental and non-governmental studies and reports, unpublished papers, magazines, newsletters and other materials. In addition to criminal justice and criminology, topics covered include criminal law and procedure, corrections and prisons, police and policing, criminal investigation, forensic sciences and investigation, history of crime, substance abuse and addiction, and probation and parole.
Encyclopedia of criminology and criminal justice
Covers Criminology and Criminal Justice in ten broad areas, with leading researchers writing substantive contributions within their area of expertise. This work features approximately 600 entries, organized in alphabetical order.
Scopus is a navigation tool covering the world's largest collection of abstracts, references, and indexes of scientific, technical and medical (STM) literature. Seamless links to full-text articles and other library resources make Scopus quick, easy and comprehensive.
SAGE Research Methods Online
A research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. Links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. A "methods map" facilitates finding content on methods. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and "Little Blue Book” series. Includes a collection of case studies of real social research.
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. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
- 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.