Criminology/Criminal Justice Resources

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ProQuest – Criminal Justice

  • Research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends.
  • Ashworth’s best source for criminal justice.
  • Includes:
    • Scholarly Journals
    • Law Enforcement Trade Publications
    • Crime Reports
  • Free to Ashworth Students!

Additional Resources

Department of Homeland Security – Law Enforcement Resources

  • Comprehensive guide to free resources for law enforcement personnel
  • Includes:
    • State and Local Law Enforcement Information Guide
    • Homeland Security Information Network
    • Gatherings, Trainings and Meetings


  • Cornell Law’s Free Online law dictionary.
  • Search or Browse full legal definitions of thousands of legal terms.


  • From University of Pittsburg Law school
  • Largest source of free online criminology news

Digital Commons Network-Law Commons

  • The BEPress Digital Commons Network is an open source institutional repository which makes the scholarly output of several universities and institutions freely available
  • Law subject area contains over 167,000 works from 212 institutions
  • A tutorial on using the Digital Commons Network can be found here

Digital Public Library of America

  • Brings together free resources from America’s archives libraries, archives, and museums
  • Striving to contain the full breadth of human expression, this portal currently provide access to over 5,000,000 resources
  • Use the bookshelf tab or the search bar to navigate to the search interface or find resources on a particular topic

Directory of Open-Access Journals

  • “The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact”
  • Thousands of open access journals with full text articles

Google Scholar

  • “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.”
  • Since not all resources on Google Scholar are free, look for items that have a PDF link on the right hand side of the page, which indicate they are available for free immediate viewing

American Bar Association – Criminal Justice

  • The ABA is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations dedicated to serving its members, improving the legal profession, and advancing the rule of law
  • News, events and products related to criminal justice

American Civil Liberties Union

  • Works to preserve liberties, specifically those protected by the first amendment, equal protection under the law, due process and privacy
  • Focuses on a legal and legislative approach and provides information, resources, tools and reports

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

  • Finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those available online
  • Can search by authoring agency, title, subject, keyword or more

Crime Solutions

  • A subsidiary of the NIJ and DoJ
  • Focuses on research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in “criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services”

  • Easy access to datasets generated and held by the federal government


  • Provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal government
  • Search for, browse, access and download official publications


  • Federated search engine that searches millions of U.S. Federal government databases

National Institute of Justice

  • Research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Provides overviews of key topics, access to NIJ publications and podcasts, events and much more

Congressional Research Service Reports

  • Reports from the Congressional Research Service, a federal legislative branch agency located within the Library of Congress
  • Provides access to CRS reports already in the public domain

U.S. Government Accountability Office

  • GAO is an independent and non-partisan agency that works for congress to investigate how the federal government spends taxpayer money

Bureau of Justice Statistics

  • A component of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice
  • The US’s primary source for criminal justice statistics

International Justice Statistics

  • Collects criminal justice data from international resources including the UN as well as country specific information

National Archive for Criminal Justice Data

  • Provides free, downloadable access to hundreds of data collections for research and instruction in criminal justice

Sourcebook for Criminal Justice

  • Data on all aspects of crime gathered from approximately 200 public and private sources