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Criminal Justice

This guide covers many of the print and online sources available for those doing research in Criminal Justice.

Call Numbers

Books related to criminal justice can be found in these call number ranges:

HM: General Sociology
HN: Social History & Problems
HT: Communities, Classes, Races
HV: Social pathology, Public Welfare, Criminology

These materials are located on the 5th floor, Gelman Library (see the Stacks Map to the left). 


Search terms to use

To locate books, try GW Libraries Search - Advanced Search starting with the terms criminal justice or criminology in the top search box.  Add other search terms in the additional search boxes that relate to your topic. More specific examples might include:

crime AND recidivism
women AND crime against
youth AND violence
deviant behavior
criminal profiling
prison administration
prison discipline
prison industries
prison sentences
prison violence
prisoners' families
prisoners AND substance abuse
prisoners AND united states
prisoners AND united states AND drug use
corrections AND united states
corrections AND contracting
punishment AND united states
punishment AND psychology
punishment AND crime deterrence
capital punishment


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