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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice


This guide contains resources designed to aid you in your research in criminal justice related topics. Open the various tabs to the left for different aspects of criminal justice research.  

Know What You Need

Know what you need:

State your topic in one sentence.  This helps to identify keywords/phrases to describe your topic.

How many pages do you need to fulfill your assignment?  Knowing how many pages you need to fulfil your assignment helps to determine how much information and how many sources you will need.

How many and what kind of sources are required?  Has your professor stated exactly how many and what type of sources you need?  This information will help you choose a database and also limit your search to those types of sources you need whether it be scholarly journals, books, newspapers, and/or statistics.

Criminal Justice


Criminal justice research combines multiple disciplines in order to understand both the nature of crime and how to respond to criminal activity and violence including causes, prevention and punishment.

Some topics include:




criminal law and procedure

law enforcement


computer applications in criminal justice

investigative techniques

juvenile justice

race and crime

female offenders

prisoner reentry


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