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Criminal Justice Resources: Books

Recommended E-books

E-books can be accessed 24/7 with your NetID and password.

E-book Databases

Recommended Books for Criminal Justice

These works are a good starting point for background information at the beginning of your research, and can point you to in-depth sources related to your topic.  Most are located in the Jennings Library reference collection on the first floor.

Search Tips

It is useful to choose Subject from the drop-down menu when you are searching the library catalog. Performing a Subject search will help narrow your results to exactly the topic in which you are interested.  Some subject search examples include: 

Corrections, Forensics, Crime, Juvenile Crime, Criminal Justice

Books From Other Libraries

Can’t find what you need in CALCAT? Search the collections of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide in WorldCat. Then, submit an interlibrary loan request or borrow directly from a nearby library with Vale Reciprocal Borrowing.

Subject Specialist

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Ellen Johnston
Ellen recently retired. Ellen's liaison departments (ABA, Art Therapy, Psychology & Counseling, and Sociology & Criminal Justice) will be reassigned later in the summer. For library assistance for any of these departments or any other areas of work that Ellen previously covered, please email Another librarian will assist you.