This guide is designed to help you research information about gambling. It includes an index of scholarly sources, as well as a list of websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources or need help narrowing down a specific research topic, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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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.

Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from MBLN

Helpful Search Terms

  • "Gambling"
  • "Gaming"
  • "Addiction"
  • "Gambling Addiction"
  • "Gambling Regulation"
  • "Problem Gambling"
  • "(Gambling OR Gaming) Legislation"

Reference Books

Sources annotated with REF are found in the 2nd Floor Reference Section

Gwinnell, Esther and Christine Adamec. The Encyclopedia of Addictions and Addictive Behaviors. New York: Facts On File, 2006. Print.
Call Number: REF RC564 .G95 2006

Carson-DeWitt, Rosalyn, ed. Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001. Print.
Call Number: REF HV5804 .E53 2001

Craighead, W. Edward and Charles B. Nemeroff, eds. The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science. New York: Wiley, 2001. Print.
Call Number: REF BF31 .E52 2001

Dressler, Joshua, ed. Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002. Print.
Call Number: REF HV6017 .E52 2002

Gottesman, Ronald, ed. Violence in America : an Encyclopedia. New York: Charles Scribner's, 1999. Print.
Call Number: REF HN90 .V5 V5474 1999.

Circulating Books

Field, Shelly. Career Opportunities in Casinos and Casino Hotels. New York: Ferguson, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HV6711 .F54 2009

Mezrich, Ben. Bringing Down the House: the Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. New York: Free Press, 2002. Print.
Call Number: GV1247 .M49 2002

Berman, Linda and Mary-Ellen Siegel. Behind the 8-ball : a Guide for Families of Gamblers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. Print.
Call Number: RC569.5 .G35 B48 1992.

Custer, Robert and Harry Milt. When Luck Runs Out: Help for Compulsive Gamblers and their Families. New York: Facts on File, 1985. Print.
Call Number: RC569.5 .G35 C87 1985.


Blacklegs, Card Sharps, and Confidence Men: Nineteenth-Century Mississippi River Gambling Stories
Smith, Thomas Ruys, ed. Blacklegs, Card Sharps, and Confidence Men: Nineteenth-century Mississippi river gambling stories. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010. Web.

Crime, Addiction, and the Regulation of Gambling
Spapens, Toine, Alan Littler and Cyrille Fijnaut, eds. Crime, Addiction, and the Regulation of Gambling. Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008. Web.

Governing Fortune: Casino Gambling in America
Morse, Edward A. and Ernest P. Goss. Governing Fortune: Casino gambling in America. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. Web.

Overcoming Your Pathological Gambling: Workbook
Ladouceur, Robert and Stella Lachance. Overcoming Your Pathological Gambling: Workbook. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Web.

Gambling in America: Cost and Benefits
Grinols, Earl L. Gambling in America: Costs and benefits. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Web.

Jokers Wild: Legalized Gambling in the Twenty-First Century
Barker, Thomas and Marjie Britz. Jokers Wild: Legalized Gambling in the Twenty-first century. Westport: Praeger, 2000. Web.

Addictions and Native Americans
French, Laurence A. Addictions and Native Americans. Westport: Praeger, 2000. Web.

Streaming Video

Films on Demand

Intervention: Alissa and Brian(45 minutes)
Riveting real-life television, Intervention explores the lives of people dependent on drugs, alcohol, or other destructive behaviors and the people who intervene to save them. Alissa is a compulsive gambler, addicted to 25-cent slot machines. She has lost over $30,000 while her boyfriend continues to support them by working three jobs. This episode of Intervention also introduces us to Brian, a crystal meth user and sex addict who looks for new partners every day.

Intervention: Gabe and Vanessa(45 minutes)
Riveting real-life television, Intervention explores the lives of people dependent on drugs, alcohol, or other destructive behaviors and the people who intervene to save them. Gambling and shopping addictions are explored in this episode of Intervention. Gabe has gambled away over $500,000 and lost his family’s home. Vanessa is a compulsive shopper. An actress once featured on a hit TV show, she is now on the verge of bankruptcy but is unable to stop spending. Interventions are held by family members and friends to help them overcome their situations.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's section for articles about Gambling.
  • Psychology Today
  • Psychology of Women
  • Time
  • Newsweek


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic OneFile

A great source of full-text articles from a variety of journals, this database contains almost 1,800 articles using the subject "Gambling".

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.

Credo Reference

Through the Credo Reference database, RCC students can gain access to any of a possible 2,977,685 entries, from 284 titles and 57 publishers. Credo Reference contains over 1,800 articles that mention "gambling".


The Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. Includes over 470 articles mentioning "gambling".

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Includes over 360 articles on "gambling" and related topics.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Containing nearly 480 full text titles, the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection has over 265 articles that mention "gambling".

Science Full-Text Select

Providing access to 320 full text science journals covering all fields of science, this database contains over 400 articles on "gambling".

Web sites

There are many helpful web sites about abortion. The web sites listed below have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has an informative guide.

American Gaming Association

Trade organization for casinos and the gaming industry. Contains a lot of statistics about the industry.

Cornell University -- Gambling Law Overview

This easy to use site provides an overview of the laws and regulations that pertain to gambling.

National Council on Problem Gambling

Contains information and resources about problem gambling.

National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC)

Website from the regulatory body of gaming activities on Indian lands. Contains information on gaming laws and regulations, history, public health and safety.

Gamblers Anonymous

This organization of men and women share experiences with each other to assist in overcoming gambling addictions.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial

Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style

The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide

The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 4/2/09 by Kathleen Keleher. Updated on 12/21/09 by William Hoag. Updated on 6/18/13 by Mallory Wilson; updated on 4/24/14 by Katie Bliss.