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Criminal Justice Research Guide

Criminal Justice Research Guide

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Research Guide. This guide is to assist students who are taking courses in the Luther College of Arts and Sciences, and can also assist students, faculty, and staff doing research in this area.

This Research Guide will provide information on the most relevant databases to search from, online periodicals we may subscribe to, and websites and open access options for this subject.
If you have questions or would like assistance with your research, please contact the Head Librarian at


Academic Search Complete

Coverage of most academic areas including business, social sciences, general academic, and general sciences.

Directory of Open Access Journals

A large database of open access peer-reviewed  journals and articles.


This database includes two Arts and Sciences collections with journals from subjects including the social sciences, education, law, criminology, history, etc.

Legal Information Reference Center

Full-text reference works (NOLO Press publications) and legal forms. 

Nexis Uni 

Formerly LexisNexis, Nexis Uni provides access to more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources, including decisions of the Federal courts and the appellate courts of all 50 states. 

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

A collection of journals providing information on psychology, psychiatry, mental health, etc.


Directory of Open Access Books

A large collection of open access eBooks.

eBook Academic Collection

Collection of text from a wide range of academic disciplines.

eBook Collection

Collection of eBooks with a wide range of subjects.


Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis is a journal that publishes research about applications of the experimental analysis of behavior to problems of social importance.

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Journal of Health and Social Behavior is a medical sociology journal that publishes empirical and theoretical articles that apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of health and illness and the organization of medicine and health care.



Off Campus Link

Research diverse perspectives, topics, and trends that align with curricular areas such as Political Science, English, Sociology, Humanities, Business, International Studies, and more.

New York Times

Create a login for free and read articles from the New York Times.


Bureau of Justice Statistics

Contains statistics on a wide variety of criminal justice topics, such as corrections, courts, victims, crime types, and law enforcement.


CityProtect is a web-based tool developed explicitly for the purpose of helping law enforcement agencies communicate directly with the public. Uses high-impact maps, search features, automated neighborhood email alerts. Provides information for selected cities in the United States.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

The first place to go to find online documents published by the various offices of the U.S. Department of Justice. You may also search the “Abstracts Database” to identify journal articles, books, and other publications that may be of interest.

Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Information about crime and justice in Nebraska.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Links to legislation, statistics, annual reports, e-news, topical reports, state contacts, and events relating to juvenile justice.

Uniform Crime Reports at the FBI website

A nationwide compendium of statistics for major crimes as well as other statistical information.

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