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NCJRS, PsycInfo

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Online chat and other means of contacting the Reference Desk, or contact me personally: Bruce Sarjeant, (227-1580).

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Instructional videos (general) on using library resources.

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 FindIt icon 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 PoliceState & 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

List of statistical sources on crime and prisons from the University of Michigan (some links may be available only for UM).

USA.gov search for crime statistics michigan (you can, of course, substitute any state name). This search engine only searches government sites (federal, state, local, military) and is a great place to start for statistics.

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 Public Safety Activity Log

CrimeReports.org. This website claims that "is the nation's largest collection of law enforcement agencies committed to transparency, public access, and citizen engagement." You might notice that not all local jurisdictions participate--it's up to the agency to participate in this website.

Be careful when you land on any website of this nature and check the sources (as is listed below regarding Internet resources). You might be better off going directly to the source material at the local level.

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.

It's a good idea to disable your popup blocker before searching.


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.

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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 (or Google Scholar) to locate the resource.

Database basics (9:58).

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

Legal Source – Includes over 1,200 full-text journals and over 2.5 million records, including book reviews and case citations. Offers information centered on the discipline of law and legal topics such as criminal justice, international law, organized crime, ethics, the environment. Brought to you by the Library of Michigan via the Michigan eLibrary (https://mel.org).

WestLawNextComprehensive 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.

NMU's Loss Prevention Library Guide

Blackwell Companion to Criminology.

Oxford Companion to American Law
This resource takes as its starting point the insight that law is embedded in society, and that to understand American law one must necessarily ask questions about the relationship between it and the social order, now and in the past. The volume takes seriously issues involving laws role in structuring decisions about governance, the significance of state and local law and legal institutions, and the place of American law in a comparative international perspective.

See also NMU's Legal Resources guide.

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. Like NCJRS, there is a free version directly from the Department of Education.

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. And there is a free version from the National Library of Medicine.


Academic Search Complete — 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).

Encyclopedia of American Prisons
This work has been compiled with the belief that everyone should be familiar with the history and current operations of American prisons systems. Entries have been written by authors who know the subject matter well, and many begin with a historical discussion to help frame the issues.

Encyclopedia of American Prisons
This work has been compiled with the belief that everyone should be familiar with the history and current operations of American prisons systems. Entries have been written by authors who know the subject matter well, and many begin with a historical discussion to help frame the issues.

Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice
An interdisciplinary source that addresses not only law but also sociology, psychology, history and economics. Entries vary widely from abortion to rape and from family violence to wiretapping, offering a mirror of issues dominating today's headlines. This edition is a complete update and revision of the previous edition that includes new essays on topics such as stalking, hate crimes, and HIV.

Encyclopedia of International Organized Crime
Bibliographic information about individuals and organizations involved in international organized crime. Includes references.


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).

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Criminal Justice & Law Web Sites/Guides

Legal Information Institute (Cornell Law School)
one of the top law meta-sites

Center for Problem Oriented Policing. an excellent resource with many online publications.

FindLaw.com another of the top law meta-sites

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.

Hall of Justice
A searchable inventory of publicly available criminal justice datasets and research that contains nearly 10,000 datasets and research documents from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and the federal government. The data was collected between September 2014 and October 2015. From the Sunlight Foundation.

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute - UNICRI
Created in 1968 to assist intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations in formulating and implementing improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. The aim of UNICRI is to promote national self-reliance and the development of institutional capabilities. To this end, UNICRI provides a one-stop facility offering high-level expertise in crime prevention and criminal justice problems. Click on Documentation/Information Centre for online publications.

World Criminal Justice Library Network
Collected Criminal Justice resources from around the world, hosted by Rutgers. Includes specific library catalogs, appropriate Internet links, reference sources, bibliographies, statistical resources, periodicals & databases, and upcoming conferences/publications.

Internet Search Engines & Resources

Evaluating Internet Resources: yes, you've been surfing for years now, but do you ask yourself these questions when you land on a website? Do you have the guts to use a resource you've found online without checking it out first?

Google Advanced Search. Use this to your advantage.

USAGov — Federal & State & Local government search engine.

Criminal Justice blogs worth following.

CataList. Yes, listservs are still relevant.

Tips on Internet Searching (12:27).


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