Criminal Justice Program

Library Resources 2010-2011

RCC Criminal Justice Program

This guide is a listing of Criminal Justice resources in the library. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used.
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
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The RCC Library has the following print resources to support the Criminal Justice Program:

Criminology/ Social Pathology (HV)
Law (K)
Circulating Books
Reference Books
E-Books, there are 71 titles under the subject of criminal justice in Ebrary.

Credo Online Reference Books

The RCC community has access to online criminal justice reference books through Credo Reference.

9/11 Encyclopedia
Collins Dictionary of Law
Dictionary of Law
Dictionary of Policing
Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment
Dictionary of Probation and Offender Management
Great American Court Cases
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law
Guns in American Society: an encyclopedia of history, politics, culture and law
World of Criminal Justice


Criminology/ Social Pathology (HV)
Law (K)
Films on Demand- Streaming video, there are 360 videos for Criminal Justice. These videos can be accessed from remote sites by using RCC library barcode.


The RCC library has eight print journals specific to criminal justice.
  • American Jails: the magazine of the American Jail Association
  • Corrections Today
  • Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Criminal Justice Review
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Prison Journal
  • Women & Criminal Justice


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases. The RCC library has more than seventy different databases, many which have articles covering criminal justice topics. Below are the primary databases for criminal justice articles.

Campus Research

Law Content
Analytical Sources
  • American Jurisprudence 2d (Am Jur 2d). An encyclopedia that provides summary and analysis of all fields of American state and federal law. It contains many citations to cases, statutes, and law review articles. It also includes analysis of the spirit and intent of the courts in construing the law, and Legislative intent in enacting and amending the law.
  • American Law Reports (ALR). ALR provides a continually updated series of articles (annotations) on legal topics discussed in key cases. The articles provide objective analysis of different sides of an issue, written in a narrative style.
  • More than 800 law reviews and journals. Law reviews are scholary journals published by most accredited law schools. They contain thorough discussions of current issues and trends in the law, with comprehensive analysis by scholars and legal professionals.They are also an excellent source of citations to cases. Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, American Journal of Legal History, and Stanford Law Review are just a few of the hundreds of highly respected publications available.
Primary Law Sources
  • United States Code Annotated (USCA). USCA combines the official text of the United States Code with relevant cases, historical notes, indexes, cross-references, and other annotations.
  • All federal and state cases including U.S. Supreme Court cases. Easily accessible through West's National Reporter System, an exclusive system of reporting federal and state cases that’s editorially enhanced for complete research.
  • State statutes and regulations. Includes statutes from all 50 states and D.C. and administrative codes from all 44 states.
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The full body of federal administrative regulations.
  • Federal Register. Includes 50,000 pages of current regulatory, administrative, and executive materials generated by key federal entities.

Criminal Justice Collection

Has over 150 criminal Justice and law journals. Over 1,700 full text articles mentioning "criminal justice".

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including 13,000 full text articles mentioning "criminal justice".
Below is a list of full text criminal justice journals in the database.

  • American Journal of Criminal Law
  • Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice
  • Canadian Journal of Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Contemporary Justice Review
  • Criminal Behaviour & Mental Health
  • Criminal Justice: International Journal of Policy & Practice
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • Criminal Law
  • European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law & Criminal Justice
  • Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
  • International Criminal Law Review
  • Journal for Juvenile Justice & Detention Services
  • Journal for Juvenile Justice Services
  • Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
  • Journal of Criminal Justice Education
  • Journal of Criminal Law
  • Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
  • Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
  • Social Justice Research

Issues and Controversies

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today. It has topic sections on gun control, the death penalty, drug use, crime and race and more.

Library Instruction and Research Guides

The RCC library has library instruction workshops aimed at specific courses, including criminal justice. To support these workshops, research guides are created and taylored for the specfice assignment or topic of the class. We also create subject research guides that cover criminal justice topics.. Some research guides that fall under criminal justice are below:

Death Penalty
Domestic Violence
Drug Abuse
Gun Control
Human Trafficking
Illegal Immigration
Racial Profiling
Teen Violence

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 07/21/09 by William Hoag: and updated on 11/01/10 by Ted Intarabumrung: Updated on 06/15/11 by William Hoag.