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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. Covers all aspects of criminal justice, including psychological. Includes journal articles, books, government and non-government reports, magazines, newspapers, dissertations and unpublished papers.
  2. Articles, books, book chapters, technical reports, and theses and dissertations in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of other disciplines such as education, health, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, business, and law.
  3. Abstracts of journal articles, books, chapters, association papers, dissertations, and book, film, and software reviews related to theoretical and applied social sciences.
  4. Covers all aspects of criminal justice, including law enforcement, crime prevention and security, and juvenile justice. Includes journal articles, books, research reports, government reports, and unpublished research.
  5. Ebooks on forensic science, law enforcement, and criminal justice.

Other Resources

  1. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  2. Designed to serve the information needs of the caring professions, including practitioners, researchers, and students in health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Covers aspects of health and social care, and the practical problems of society from a broadly social scientific perspective (sociology and psychology).
  3. Canadian law reports, including criminal cases, Dominion Law Reports, and Labour Arbitration Cases. Also includes reported decisions, original court judgments, and unreported cases.
  4. Canadian health and public policy documents, and Canadian e-books. Includes three major components: Canadian Health Research, Canadian Public Policy documents, and fiction and non-fiction e-books from Canadian publishers.
  5. A database of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Each article has an overview, point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.
  6. Formerly called Microlog, this index covers publications of research value put out by the Canadian Government. This includes publications produced by federal, provincial, territorial & municipal governments, government agencies & departments, research institutes and government laboratories. It also contains theses and dissertations(1990 - 1998 only) from Canadian universities.
  7. Comprehensive Canadian periodical collection for reference and current events. Publications include scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
  8. Canadian criminal case law, criminal and related legislation, law reports and digests, and expert legal commentary. Also includes annotated Criminal Codes (Tremeer's and Crankshaw's).
  9. Holds the proceedings of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Includes judgments, summaries of decisions, press releases and other information about the court.
  10. Declassified documents on United States foreign and military policy since 1945.
  11. Previous editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).
  12. The 5th edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association. This is the standard diagnostic tool used by mental health professionals worldwide.
  13. Encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, almanacs, and manuals in many subject areas.
  14. Law and law-related research material, including legal journals, government documents, classic legal treatises, and world trials. Contains Canadian, American and international laws and agreements.
  15. Articles published in over 350 English-language periodicals. Topics include: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Communications, Community Health, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Planning & Public Administration, Religion & Theology, Minority Studies, Performing Arts, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Urban Studies etc.
  16. 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.
  17. Reference entries on a wide range of behavioral and social science fields.
  18. Printed documents, including posters, handbills, broadsides, book and journal prospectuses, topographical prints, and more, relating to entertainment, the booktrade, prints, crimes, murders and executions, and advertising. These materials document everyday life in Britain in the 18th to 20th centuries.
  19. Canadian legislation, case law, and law reports, as well as legal journal articles and commentary.
  20. Canadian federal government bills, including the text of various versions, press releases and backgrounders, legislative summaries from the Parliamentary Research Branch, speeches, votes, coming-into-force information.
  21. Canadian court cases and tribunal decisions, current and point in time legislation (for selected jurisdictions), and commentary. Contains all decisions of courts and labour arbitrators reported since 1970.
  22. International news coverage, business news, legal cases and law reports from early 1970's to present. Content is strongly American with significant coverage of Canadian and international topics.
  23. International law and legal information resource, which includes historical coverage. Canadian content includes Annual Statutes of Canada from 1867 and historical provincial session laws, statutes, and law reports. International jurisdictions include the US (federal and state), the UK, and others worldwide.
  24. Covers all aspects of criminal justice, including law enforcement, crime prevention and security, and juvenile justice. Includes journal articles, books, research reports, government reports, and unpublished research. Alumni and external users may use this version.
  25. Research, policy and program materials relating to Indigenous involvement with the criminal justice system in the U.S., Canada and Greenland. Many materials are related to community-based initiatives and programs designed to address Indigenous conflict with the law, and there are also listings for documents in related areas, including health and welfare, drug and alcohol use, jurisdictional issues and education. Records were added to this database between approximately 1985 to 1994.
  26. Lists key books, articles, and other sources on a wide variety of subjects via annotated and curated bibliographies. An excellent starting point for locating important literature and scholarly sources on a topic. Focuses on the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  27. Psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessment tools. In most cases actual test or test items provided, but without scoring key information.
  28. Access and search ebooks and reference sources published by Sage.
  29. Search or browse a wide variety of sources on research methods, including ebooks, articles, reference sources, and videos. Also includes research tools and instructional content.
  30. Videos on all aspects of the research process and methods. Also covers practical skills such as project management and writing for publication.
  31. Citations, abstracts, and citation searching (cited reference searching) across major journals in multiple disciplines in the social sciences.
  32. The ALI is a US non-profit that promotes simplifications and reforms of US common law. This resource contains the ALI's Annual Reports, Proceedings, speeches from the annual meetings, and their newsletter, the ALI Reporter, as well as current and archival Restatements of the Law.
  33. Ebooks on Canadian laws and regulations, including the annotated Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and information on regulations related to estates, taxes, professions and liability, landlord and tenancy, telecommunications, and endangered species.
  34. Journal articles, books, videos, government documents, and working papers on criminal justice, terrorism, and security.
  35. 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.
  36. Canadian legislation, case law, and commentary. Contains the databases BestCase Library, CriminalSource, and LawSource.
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