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CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Research Guide | Get Started

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Reference sources - great for getting started

Reference sources are a great starting point for research. Reference sources typically provide definitions, give topic overviews, and explain theories. They can also point to additional readings and scholarship. Examples of reference sources include: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guidebooks, manuals, and textbooks. 

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Essential Criminology

Guides students through the various definitions of crime and the different ways crime is measured. ebook

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The Concise Dictionary of Crime and Justice

A wide-ranging resource with clear definitions for over 2,000 key criminal justice terms. REF 364.03 D295c

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The SAGE Dictionary of Policing

A complete guide to policing in a comprehensive, easy-to-use format. REF 363.203 Sa183

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Encyclopedia of Community Corrections

Explores all aspects of community corrections, from its philosophical foundation to its current inception. REF 365.603 En192

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The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America

Surveys the history and philosophy of crime, punishment, and criminal justice institutions in America from colonial times to the present. REF 364.973 So131

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Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment

The essential source of reference for the increasing number of people studying in, working in prisons and working with prisoners. ebook

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Forensic Science: An Encyclopedia of History, Methods, and Techniques

Covers all aspects of forensic science from its beginning to its central place in modern law enforcement. REF 363.2503 T469f