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These databases are particularly good sources for Criminological content. Some indexes are more suitable for certain questions than others and it is often a matter of selecting the most appropriate index for each question.

Please see also our list of legal databases and our forensics databases. For further help, please contact the Liaison Librarian for Criminology.

Top Resources

  1. Index to all aspects of criminal justice, including psychological.
  2. A comprehensive Psychology research database. Over 3.9 million items indexed, including journal articles, books, and dissertations.
  3. Canada's reference and current events - scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
  4. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  5. Theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and policy science.
  6. Indexes core journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, can be used for citation analysis of research. A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the publications covered by the index. You can use these references to do a cited reference search. This type of search enables you to find works that cite a previously published work.
  7. All aspects of law enforcement, crime prevention and security, criminal justice, and juvenile justice.
  8. E-books on forensic science from CRC Press.

Other Resources

  1. ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts is an indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.
  2. Provides quick tips and answers to a diverse assortment of legal research questions
  3. Contains Canadian law reports.
  4. Access to Canadian health and public policy documents, and Canadian e-books.
  5. Canadian Points of View Reference Centre™ is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
  6. Canadian government publications.
  7. Full text Canadian criminal case law, criminal and related legislation, law reports and digests, annotated criminal codes (Tremeer's and Crankshaw's), and commentary.

    NOTE: After clicking "Connect", select the "Criminal Source" tab in the upper left corner.

  8. The Digital National Security Archive contains a comprehensive set of declassified government documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945.
  9. Access to previous editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)
  10. Online access to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association.
  11. A collection of online reference sources in many subject areas.
  12. 3,800 full text articles covering anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology and more.
    This resource has been updated. See the second edition, published in 2015.
  13. Authoritative, foundational, interdisciplinary knowledge across the wide range of behavioral and social sciences fields
  14. The John Johnson Collection is the product of a unique partnership between the Bodleian Library and ProQuest to conserve, catalogue and digitise more than 65,000 items drawn from the Bodleian's John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.
  15. Current Canadian legal information

    Note: From the "Finding Tools" area within LawSource, you can choose particular subsets. For example: "Index to Canadian Legal Literature", "Law Reports, Articles and Journals", "Words & Phrases", etc.

  16. Canadian legal research sources.
  17. International news coverage, business news, legal cases and law reports.
  18. MEDLINE® (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online) is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's® (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains approximately 13 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine.
  19. Native involvement with criminal justice.
  20. identifies the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects. Online index to bibliographies in Cinema, Classics, Communication, Criminology, Ecology,Linguistics, Literary Theory, Philosophy, Political science, Public Health, Renaissance & Reformation, Victorian Literature, etc. with a bibliographical essay on sources.
  21. Index of psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessment tools. In most cases actual test or test items provided, but without scoring key information.
  22. Sage Knowledge provides SFU with access to e-books from Sage.
  23. Multidisciplinary social sciences index which allows citation searching.
  24. Contains full runs of the Institute’s Annual Reports, Proceedings, Annual Meeting Speeches, and the Institute’s newsletter, The ALI Reporter.
  25. Access to online looseleaf titles published by Thomson Reuters Carswell
  26. A central hub of information for scholars, researchers, policymakers, and the wider community, thereby supporting the creation of policy-relevant and interdisciplinary research. Included in the library are a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, books, videos, government documents, and working papers.
  27. Access to BestCase, CriminalSource and LawSource. Contains former Criminal Spectrum content.
  28. Humanities and Social Sciences indexes from HW Wilson.
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