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John B. Coleman Library Catalog (linked on PV home page under “Academics” column)
In the center “Research and Finding Aids” column of the library home page, click on “Books” to search for books, periodicals, and other library materials on your topic. The “Advanced” index tab permits searches by using combinations of author, title, keyword, or subject using pull down menus.
Suggested Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Crime (many subheadings under “United States”)
Criminal Justice, Administration of (and many subheadings)
Criminal Procedure (and many subheadings)
Gang Prevention (many subheadings under “United States”)
Gangs (many subheadings under “United States”)
Juvenile Corrections (many subheadings under “United States”)
Juvenile Delinquency (many subheadings under “Prevention” and “United States”)
Juvenile Detention (many subheadings)
Juvenile Justice (many, many subheadings)|
Violence in Adolescence (many subheadings under “Prevention” and “United States”)
Criminal Justice and Justice Studies Databases:
On campus, PVAMU faculty, staff, and students may access the Library’s electronic resources through the Library home page. From off campus, PV students and faculty can easily locate and use web content through PVPlace https://pvportal.pvamu.edu which integrates several PVAMU web applications like PantherTracks, Panther Email and other online services into one convenient and secure location. Use the “Access from Home” capability to access any PV databases by logging in with your network ID (the first part of your PVAMU e-mail address before the “@” sign) and your network password. Call the 24/7 IT Help Desk at 936-261-2525 or (toll free) 877-241-1752 for any problems accessing the PV network.
EBSCOHost includes:
Academic Search Complete (updated daily) is the world’s most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with >8,500 full-text periodicals, including >7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database also offers indexing and abstracts for >12,500 journals and a total of >13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for >1,400 journals.

EJS Journals provides article-level access for >24,000 E-Journals available through EBSCO’s Electronic Journal Service (EJS) with links directly to publishers’ content. E-Journals from EBSCO Host allows search and retrieval of citations, abstracts and full text from publishers who have given EBSCO permission to re-use Table of Contents and abstract information in an aggregated database.

Humanities International Index is a comprehensive database covering journals, books and other important reference sources in the humanities providing cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for >2,300 journals and contains >2.9 million records. Humanities International Index provides citations and abstracts for articles, essays and reviews, and original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations.

Legal Collection (1965-date) provides information centered on the legal and law-related disciplines such as criminal justice, international law, federal law, organized crime, medical, labor and human resource law, ethics, the environment and more from a collection of respected, scholarly peer-reviewed publications including full text for >250 of the world’s best law journals, documents, and case studies. Indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the collection and the majority of full text titles are available in native (searchable) PDF.

MasterFILE Premier (updated daily) contains full text for ~1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text for ~500 reference books and >164,400 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of >592,000 photos, maps & flags. MasterFILE Premier also now offers PDF backfiles (as far back as 1975) for key publications.

Military & Government Collection offers current news pertaining to all branches of the military and a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals and provides cover-to-cover full text for ~300 journals and periodicals. The database also offers indexing and abstracts for >400 titles. Many full text titles are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color. 

OmniFile Full Text, Mega Edition contains a wealth of essential material for learning and detailed research in a single, easily-searched database. With the full text of articles from >2,500 publications, and indexing and abstracts from ~3,600 publications, this database provides invaluable support for research in all core undergraduate subjects and for cross-disciplinary work.

PsycARTICLES (1894 to date) from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology with >150,000 articles from ~80 journals published by the APA, its imprint the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied professional organizations. Nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1 and the database includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA’s Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

PsycCRITIQUES, also produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), is an electronic serial of book reviews featuring full text reviews of current scholarly and professional books, popular films, and trade books in psychology. 

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (full text from 1965-date) is the world’s largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for ~560 journals. The database covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. The majority of full text titles in this database are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color.

PsycINFO (1600-date) from the American Psychological Association (APA), is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health with >3 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, in psychology and related fields such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, technology, linguistics, anthropology, business, law and others. 98% of the covered material is peer-reviewed, and includes international material selected from >2,500 periodicals in dozens of languages. 

Science & Technology Collection contains >830 leading full text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for >1,740 publications. Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, marine sciences and materials science.  SocINDEX with Full Text (1908-date) is the world’s most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features >2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for 428 “core” coverage journals dating back to 1908,and includes full text for >830 books and monographs, and full text for 16,800 conference papers.  Texas Reference Center is a Texas specific product comprised of periodicals, reference books, reports, and other content relevant to the state. Texas Reference Center contains >75 full text periodicals, 150 full text reference books, several Texas newspapers, and much more.  HeinOnline is the world’s largest image-based legal research collection allowing researchers to fully search libraries containing >1,600 law and law-related periodicals with >70 million pages of legal history available in an online, fully-searchable, image-based (PDF) format. HeinOnline provides exact page images of the documents just as they appear in the original print, complete with all charts, graphs, tables, pictures, hand written notes, photographs, and footnotes as they originally appear. Coverage is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers. In some cases, the current issues are available, but generally a researcher will notice a one-volume delay.

JSTOR offers a high-quality, full-text searchable, interdisciplinary archive of ~1,000 leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, the sciences, select monographs, and other materials valuable for academic work. Journal coverage starts with vol. 1, issue 1 and continues to within the past 3-5 years (varies by title). Beginning in 2011, current issues for >150 journals will be available on JSTOR in its Current Scholarship Program.

LexisNexis® Academic Provides access to >10,000 full-text news, business, and legal publications, using a variety of flexible search options. Its legal material covers primary source material such as case law (all federal and states court cases back to 1789), statutes and regulations and secondary source materials such as legal news or law reviews. News coverage includes deep backfiles and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources and its Company Dossier module retrieves detailed company information and financial performance measures and helps identify and compare companies matching specific criteria.  National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database (1972-date; >210,000 publications) The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database contains abstracts (not full-text documents) of one of the world’s largest collections of criminal justice information in the world, including federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research. Full-text of all of the collection’s materials are available through either Interlibrary Loan (ILL), NCJRS’s paper reproduction service, or by a link to an electronic document provided in the abstract record.

PAIS International database from CSA offers access to the international literature in public affairs, public and social policies, and international relations. The database contains references to >556,400 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. The database backfile dates to 1972: PAIS International includes records from the print PAIS Bulletin 1977 and forward; and from the PAIS print Foreign Language Index published 1972-1990, at which time it merged with the PAIS Bulletin. PAIS International includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world.

Project Muse is an online collection of >400 journal titles in the humanities and social sciences from ~100 not-for-profit publishers. MUSE is the sole source of complete, full-text versions of titles from many of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies. Every journal is heavily indexed and peer-reviewed, with critically acclaimed articles by the most respected scholars in their fields. MUSE journals cover many fields of study including literature, history, politics and policy studies, economics, education, film, religion and women’s studies.

ProQuest (1971-date), including ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT), is one of the world’s largest online content repositories with a single, integrated platform that features a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers with >3,315 of its >4,730 titles in full text, making it one of the broadest, most inclusive general reference databases. 

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) (1861-date) is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses with >2.7 million searchable citations from around the world, including >1.2 million full text dissertations available for download in PDF format. The database also offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 with >2.1 million titles available for purchase as printed copies. Dissertations published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master’s theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts.

SAGE Journals, including Sage Full-Text Criminology Collection The SAGE Subject Collections (1999-date, updated weekly) are comprehensive discipline-specific packages including >413 journals, >189,000 full-text articles, book reviews, editorials, and more with all the original graphics, tables, and page numbers. In certain subjects, a backfile is also available from 1998 back to volume 1, issue 1, but, unfortunately, PVAMU only subscribes to backfiles in Criminology and other selected subjects. The searchable database consists of bibliographic records (indexed summaries or abstracts) with links to the appropriate full-text of each journal article in PDF format. Sage has also added features which permit researchers to create personalized alerts, to save their searches, and to receive e-mails when new journal issues are published or when new content is added to the database.

Web of Science (aka Web of Knowledge) provides seamless access to current and retrospective (1900-date) multidisciplinary coverage to >10,000 of the world’s highest impact journals, including Open Access journals and >110,000 conference proceedings, included in Science Citation Index (1945-date), Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-date), Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-date), Index Chemicus (1993-date), and Current Chemical Reactions (1986-date). Web of Science also provides a unique search called “cited reference searching” which permits users to navigate forward, backward, and through the literature, searching all disciplines and time spans to uncover all the information relevant to their research.

WESTLAW Campus Research West publishes case law from the state and federal courts, case law digests, statutes, textbooks, treatises and other law-related materials. WESTLAW Campus Research includes American Jurisprudence 2d (a comprehensive encyclopedia of state and federal law); American Law Reports (has attorney-written articles analyzing case law on a particular legal issue); 50 states’ and federal cases; statutes from 50 states and federal statutes (U.S.C.A.); federal regulations published in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations; law reviews and legal journals and other materials. Case law, statutes, regulations, and articles can be retrieved using their legal citations or searched using either a natural language or terms and connectors (Boolean logic) method.

Helpful Justice Studies Websites

Crime and Justice Data Online, U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics


The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Crime and Justice Data Online offers state and local data on crime trends, homicide trends, and law enforcement. Included are: Crime trends from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports [by State including U.S. totals (since 1960) and by reporting local agency (since 1985)]; Homicide trends and characteristics [by State (since 1976) and by local agencies with a population coverage of >250,000 (since 1985)] and Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (including State agencies and large local agencies (100 or more sworn officers)].

Criminal Justice: A Pathfinder to Legal Materials Compiled by Paul Axel-Lute.

Links on the Web

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data


The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is a special topic archive of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. NACJD acquires, archives, processes, and provides access to electronic criminal justice data collections for research and instruction. The NACJD Web site provides downloadable access to hundreds of criminal justice data collections free of charge.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)


See the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database (listed above). Registering on the site gives access to: JUSTINFO (a bi-weekly electronic newsletter that includes links to full text publications, notices of upcoming trainings and conferences, funding announcements, and other resources); E-mail notifications (periodic messages about new publications and resources that match specific areas of interest); The Justice Resource Update (a quarterly publication that highlights NCJRS Partner Agency announcements); and Listserv invitations (researchers can subscribe to topical listservs based on their specific interests).

of Criminal Justice Statistics Online


The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States. 600 tables from >100 sources provide statistical data on criminal justice systems, numbers of criminal offenses and reports of victims of crimes, public attitudes toward crime and criminal justice topics, persons arrested, judicial processing of defendants in the courts, and persons under correctional jurisdiction.

Uniform Crime Reports (on FBI website)


Crime in the United States (CIUS) is an annual publication in which the FBI compiles volume and rate of crime offenses for the nation, the states, and individual agencies. This report also includes arrest, clearance, and law enforcement employee data. Special studies, reports, and monographs prepared using data mined from the UCR’s large database are published annually with information about the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), UCR Frequently Asked Questions, and UCR Incident Specific Questions also being available on this site.


Very impressive collection of links compiled by librarians and CJ specialists. Provides sections on reference sources, statistics, links arranged by country, etc.

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