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Criminal Justice

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Subject Guide.

Audience: CUAA undergraduate and graduate students in Justice & Policy courses. 

Help Available: Contact your librarian with Ask a Librarian, call 734-995-7454, or stop by the reference desk on-campus.

How to Use: Click a tab to learn more. 


Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)
Covering today’s hottest social issues. Includes pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies of social activists and reformers, court-case overviews, periodical articles, statistical tables, charts and graphs, images, and podcasts.

Criminal Justice Specific

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text (Ebsco): more than 320 full-text magazines and journals and index of 600 journals from around the world. Topics:  criminology, criminal justice, corrections and prisons, criminal investigations, forensic sciences, and substance abuse and addiction.

Criminal Justice Database (ProQuest) Comprehensive database supporting research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends. The database bridges theory with practice by providing information geared to those interested in careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security – as well as scholars and other researchers.


WestlawNext: cases; statutes and court rules; regulations; administrative decisions and guidance; trial court orders; secondary sources; forms; briefs; pleadings, motions, and memorandum; expert materials; jury verdicts and settlements; proposed and enacted legislation; and proposed and adopted regulations.

Database Tutorials

Using Databases Tutorial

Looking for some suggestions for Primo or databases? Try one of these keywords or phrases related to your topic.

“Criminal Justice”
“Administration of Corrections”
“Criminal investigation”
“Criminal law”
“Criminal procedure”
“Forensic Sciences”
“Law enforcement”
“Juvenile delinquenc*”
“Juvenile Justice”

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).

Finding Journal Articles: detailed instructions for finding and accessing electronic and print journal articles.

Journal Titles

Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo

  1. Open  E-Journals Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s Title.
  3. Click on the Journal title in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.

Search for books and ebooks in Primo.


For General Instruction: Finding Books Guide

Library of Congress Call Numbers

HV 6001-7221        Criminology
HV 7231-9960        Criminal justice administration
HV 7431                Crime prevention
HV 7551-8080        Police
HV 8301-9921        Prison

Reference Books

Encyclopedia of Crime And JusticeEbook

Criminal Justice: Opposing Viewpoints

Violence in America: an EncyclopediaHN 90 .V5 v54 v.3
World of Criminal JusticeEbook


Video Tutorials

Click on the video and the CC icon for captions.