Criminal Justice Resources & Services available through NMU Olson Library
**Print APA guides can be found in the Reference Collection (BF 76.7 .P83).
Specialized Resources & Other Library Guides
Instructional videos (general) on using library resources. Links to specific instructional videos related to Criminal Justice will be in this guide at the appropriate section in bold and with the icon.
Loss Prevention Library Guide
Professional Development & Assessment (CJ490) Library Guide
Graduate Seminar in CJ (CJ504) Library Guide
Online chat and other means of contacting the Reference Desk, or contact me personally: Bruce Sarjeant, (227-1580).
Are you a Distance Learner? Distance learners are those students registered for at least one NMU course which meets online-only or co-location or hybrid or off-campus/off-site, AND who are not residents of the NMU campus. This definition includes students registered for clinic, directed study, field experience, internship, practicum, study abroad, or graduate thesis/project/Continuous Enrollment Credit, AND who are not residents of the NMU campus. Register here.
Off campus and using either the NMUCLC network OR a non-NMU Internet Service Provider? You will also need to have the Cisco VPN Client (if it is not already there) installed if you continue to be prompted for your username and password when you try and access a database. (warning: will not work with VISTA!!) Mac users, on the other hand, need the one for Macs If you do have a newer Mac, check with the Helpdesk--there are issues they can assist with. WiMax access does not require the VPN.
Brief video on the VPN client (1:34).
Manage your citations with Zotero. For Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) — Acquiring materials not held by Olson Library
First time users? Register now--even if you don't think you'll need to ILL anything, register anyway!!
There are a few ways to obtain a publication or article from elsewhere. Wiithin most databases, ILL's are initiated via the feature (this may also appear as text rather than this icon). In the WorldCat database, it's through the logo. Within NMU's catalog, use the MelCat link (a not-very-obvious link at the top of the library catalog). Videos regarding how to interlibrary loan items are down the page, placed in their proper context (searching the catalog, searching a database).
Interlibrary loan: article (3:14).
Interlibrary loan: book (2:48).
Please allow 7-10 days to receive material.
If you are a distance student, in Michigan or elsewhere, use the resources available at your local library! While NMU can certainly provide you with resources, it might be quicker to use your local public library as an interlibrary loan resource.
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Locating library holdings of journals, government documents, books, theses, etc.
Full Text Electronic Journal Holdings Related to Criminology, Penology & Juvenile Delinquency - Searchable list of library-subscribed online journals with database & publisher links. Also, U.S. Criminal Law & Procedure.
Search the Library Catalog by Journal Title/Author/Title/Subject or Keyword to find records for books, journal titles, government documents, theses, etc., in a variety of formats (including online) held by NMU. Lake Superior State University, Finlandia University, and Gogebic Community College libraries are also included: look carefully at the location when you find something you want.
Search across most libraries in Michigan via MelCat. Nation and worldwide, use WorldCat.
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Criminal Justice Statistical Sources
Michigan State Police — State & Local statistics (by county & city/township reporting agency). You might also try looking at specific cities and jurisdictions.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Reports & Publications
U. S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Crime Statistics from FedStats
List of statistical sources on crime and prisons from the University of Michigan (some links may be available only for UM). And a USA.gov search for crime statistics michigan (you can, of course, substitute any state name).
Campus Security Statistics.
From the Office of Postsecondary Education, find recent (last year and earlier) crime statistics for NMU as well as other schools in the U.S. using their Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool Website. Look for the "To start, click on the desired report from the list below" on the right hand side of the screen.
NMU Monthly Campus Crime Reports
CrimeReports.org. This website "is the largest, most comprehensive crime-mapping website in the world. Local law enforcement agencies throughout North America partner with CrimeReports to bring you accurate, official, and up-to-date crime information for the areas you care about most." Not all local jurisdictions participate (pay the 100-200 dollars a month).
Internet searching tips for locating statistical resources (8:11).
Searching/Locating Article Records & Online Materials Through Online Databases
NOTES: Students MUST HAVE their NMU computer/e-mail ID & password to access most of the databases listed below when connecting via another Internet Provider (e.g., school district, up.net, Charter, etc.). Click here to retrieve your information. Here is where the VPN client needs to come into play (see Brief video on the VPN client near the top of the page)
It's a good idea to disable your popup blocker before searching.
Database basics (9:58).
Click on the Catalog tab above to search the library catalog for books, titles of periodicals, government documents, and audiovisual materials the library owns. The OneSearch tool will search across nearly all databases (not NCJRS, though!) Sometimes searching within a specific database (one of those listed below) will actually be a more relevant search and eliminate the clutter of many hits.
Criminal Justice & Law
NCJRS Abstracts (National Criminal Justice Reference Service) — The premier database in this field is available in two versions, one from ProQuest and the other free from the Department of Justice. Both contain citations to scholarly & trade journal articles, books, book chapters, reports/documents, theses & dissertations, and conference papers. There is an A-Z list of publications in the free version which can be sorted by publication date or upload date.
**I recommend using the free version (as there are difficulties with the subscription version) and then using the OneSearch tool to locate the resource.
The free version has a better thesaurus, which is explained in a video below.
Searching in NCJRS and getting what you've found (5:36).
Subjects/Thesarus searches in ProQuest and Free NCJRS (6:01).
Assignment 3 video for Richard Laucks CJ465 (7:25). The appearance of this webpage in the video has changed somewhat, but the information in the video remains the same.
Michigan Legislature (search for Michigan legal definitions in "MCL Full Text Search") (note: Michigan Penal Code begins in Section 750)
Michigan Courts — official Michigan government web site
LegalTrac — Law. Indexes scholarly/professional law journals & legal resources. Covers material published 1980-present.
WestLawNext — Comprehensive full-text law resource. All Federal and state regulations & laws, published court decisions, encyclopedias and digests, etc. Covers material published 1700's-present.
Homeland Security Digital Library — Although a resource for homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management, a surprising amount of federal, state, and local resources for law enforcement can be found here.
See also Legal Resources guide and Criminal Justice Electronic Reference Resources, both from NMU.
Social Sciences, Social Work, & Abuse-related
PsycInfo (Psychological Abstracts) — Psychology & Psychiatry. Indexes scholarly/professional journals, books, book chapters, reports/documents, theses & dissertations, and conference papers. Covers material published 1806-present.
PsycARTICLES (Psychology) — Online scholarly articles from 63 Psychology journals published 1894-present.
SocAbs (Sociological Abstracts) — Indexes scholarly/professional journals, books, book chapters, reports/documents, theses & dissertations, conference papers, and web sites. Covers material published 1952-present.
Social Services Abstracts — Social Services & Social Work. Indexes scholarly/professional journals, dissertations, web sites, and book reviews. Covers material published 1980-present.
ERIC — Education. Indexes scholarly/professional journals, and ERIC Documents (ED's) (reports/documents, lesson plans, conference papers, theses, and dissertations--many freely available online). Covers material published 1966-present.
& "White Collar Crime"
ABI/INFORM Global — Contains records from nearly 2,000 Business & Economics scholarly & professional journals. Over 50% online full-text/full-image. Indexes some nursing, hospital, health management, and medical records journals. Covers articles published 1971-present.
Computer Database — Indexes periodical articles covering all aspects of computer technology and systems. Full-text/full-image articles are available for over 25% of the 625+ periodicals indexed. Also includes product reviews/evaluations. Covers material published 1982-present. Good for articles about computer crime.
Medicine & Health
Health & Wellness Resource Center (+ alternative health) — Medicine, Nursing, and Health literature. Integrated portal offers access to journal and magazine articles, online illustrated encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, drug & herb finder, web sites, and health assessment tools. Covers material published 1980-present.
CINAHL Plus — Nursing and Allied/Public Health materials. Indexes scholarly/professional journals, pamphlets, research instruments, theses & dissertations, etc. Covers material published 1982-present.
MEDLINE — Indexes Medicine, Biomedical, and Nursing scholarly/professional journals. Covers material published 1965-present.
Academic OneFile — Journal articles from more than 8,000 scholarly and general periodicals across all fields of study. Indexing from 1980 to present; full-text from 1989 to present. Brought to you by the State of Michigan via the Michigan eLibrary (http://mel.org).
Google Scholar — Another general "database". Does not look or act like the others listed here but is a very good resource. Use the "full text@nmu" or "locate a print copy@nmu" hotlink for access full-text or for requesting them via ILL.
Brief video on how this resource works (4:33).
Access World News - This is our newspaper database which includes full text coverage of over 900 U.S. and 1200 international newspapers, wire services, and news agencies (not necessarily newspapers). Dates of coverage varies; primarily 1990's to present. There are only 26 sources for Michigan. Search the Michigan newspapers in this database here.
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Criminal Justice & Law Web Sites/Guides
FindLaw.com — another of the top law meta-sites
Criminal justice resources from LLRX, an online law and technology resource for legal professionals. There is a lot on this site even though the resources on the linked page are a few years old.
CrimeSolutions.gov. From the Office of Justice Programs. This resource uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.
Internet Search Engines & Resources
USAGov — Federal & State & Local government search engine.
Ixquick - One of several metasearch engines, which in this case, provides the top results from 11 search engines/directories (includes Open Directory and Wikipedia). For many additional metasearch engines, click on the link below.Why limit your online searching to just google (or your favorite)? Pick another search engine from searchenginelist.com and run your search again. You might be surprised at the new resources that come up.
Tips on Internet Searching (12:27).
Directory of Professional e-mail Discussion Lists and CJ blogs.