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Law Enforcement Reference Guide


LCC Browsing Areas:

  • H- Social Studies
    • HV – Social and Public Welfare, Criminology
    • HM – Sociology
    • HN – Social History, Problems, Reforms
  • BF – Psychology
  • GV 201-555 – Physical Education and Training
  • J – Political Science
  • K - Law
  • RC 86-88 – Medical Emergencies and First Aid


OUC Reference Tools:


  • Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd ed. - HM425 .E5 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Criminology -  HV 6017 E5295 2005 
  • Encyclopedia of Women and Crime  -  HV 6046. E56 2000
  • Voices from the Field: Readings in Criminal Justice Research -  HV 6024.5 .V65 2001
  • Crime in the United States  -  HV 6787 .A3 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement  - HV 7921. E53 2005 (includes local, federal and international information)
  • Library in a Book: Hate Crimes  - HV 6773.52 S768 2003
  • Vital Statistics in Corrections -  HV 8482 A38 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice  -  HV 9104 .E58 2003
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology: A Career Guide to Local, State, Federal and Academic Positions -  HV 9950 .A54 2003x
  • Crime and Criminal Justice in Ohio: Programs and Agencies, 2nd ed. -  HV 9955 .03 M37 2003
  • International Encyclopedia of Human Rights: Freedoms, Abuses and Remedies:

JC 571 .M3243 2000 

  • Ohio Criminal Law Handbook - KFO561.A29 O35


OUC In-House Print Journals:  


  • American Journal of Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Criminology and Public Policy
  • Federal Probation
  • Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
  • Journal of Hate Studies
  • Journal of Security Administration
  • Law and Order
  • PS: Political Science and Politics
  • Police Chief
  • Security
  • Social Problems
  • Social Studies







Law Enforcement Databases:


  • Academic Search Complete – “Indexes nearly 11,000 scholarly and other publications covering various academic areas of study”   Good for basic research   Some full-text
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts – “Provides comprehensive coverage of the major journals in criminology and related disciplines.”
  • SocINDEX with Full Text -  Article database with abstracts for over 2,000 journals related to the social sciences. Some full-text
  • PsychINFO –  “Index to articles in over 2,000 scholarly journals in the field of psychology and related disciplines.”  Some full-text
  • LexisNexis Academic -  “Huge collection of full-text databases covering news, business, legal research, and biographical information.”  Full-text   
  • Legal Collection – “A collection of peer-reviewed publications including law journals, documents, and case studies.”  Some full-text   


Law Enforcement Websites :


  • U.S. Department of Justice http://www.usdoj.gov/ - Offers publications related to law enforcement, various government resources, law enforcement/crime prevention websites and agencies, and access to legal cases and documents.
  • CopSeek - http://www.copseek.com/ - A “Police and Law Enforcement Search engine and directory.” Provides the latest news stories, articles, discussion forums, training and career information, and links to other law enforcement websites and agencies.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS): http://www.ncjrs.gov/ - “NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.” 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation:  http://foia.fbi.gov/index.html - Provides FBI news and publications, as well as law enforcement resources.
  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/links.html - Offers resource guides, criminal justice websites, and reports and publications related to law enforcement and criminal justice.
  • Urban Institute: Crime/Justice: http://www.urban.org/justice/index.cfm - Offers publications on crime and justice as well as access to criminal justice databases.
  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics: http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/ - This site “brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States.”
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs - Offers BJS reports and statistics concerning crime, law enforcement and corrections, among others.
  • National Institute of Justice (NIJ): http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij - Provides full-text access to NIJ research reports concerning law enforcement and criminal justice.
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP): http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov – Offers the latest news and research from the ONDCP, as well as drug legislation information and a drug policy clearinghouse.
  • Corrections Connection: http://www.corrections.com  Voted a Microsoft "Outstanding Criminal Justice Site" – Offers news, training and career information, and websites related to law enforcement and criminal justice.
  • Preventing Crime, What Works, What Doesn't, What's Promising:
    http://cjcentral.com/sherman/sherman.htm  -  A report created by the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland.  
  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/links.html - Provides a collection of links to national and international criminal justice websites and access to criminal justice resource guides, reports and publications