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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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Helpful Search Terms:

  • gun control
  • firearms
  • firearms industry and trade
  • firearms law and legislation
  • second amendment

New Books

Webster, Daniel W. and Jon S. Vernick, eds. Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HV7436 .R4152 2013
Hickey, Thomas J., ed. Taking Sides: Clashing views in crime and criminology. New York: Mcgraw-Hill, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HV6789 .T25 2013
Kyle, Chris. American Gun: A history of the U.S. in ten firearms. New York: William Morrow, 2013. Print.
Call Number: TS533.2 .K95 2013

Circulating Books

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Whitney, Craig R. Living with Guns: a Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment. New York: Public Affairs, 2012. Print.
Call Number: KF3941 .W4425 2012

Gerdes, Louise. Gun Violence. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven Press, 2011. Print.
Call Number: HV7435 .G862 2011

Winkler, Adam. Gunfight: the Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2011. Print.
Call Number: KF3941 .W56 2011

Fisanick, Christina. Gun Control. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: HV7435 .G857 2010

Vile, John. Essential Supreme Court Decisions: Summaries of Leading Cases in U.S. Constitutional Law. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010. Print.
Call Number: KF4547.4 .V55 2010

Friedman, Lauri. Gun Control. Detroit : Greenhaven Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HV7436 .G8634 2009
Roleff, Tamara L., ed. Gun Control: Opposing viewpoints. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2007. Print.
Call Number: KF3942.H3G86 2007

Reference Books

Spitzer, Robert J. Gun Control: a Documentary and a Reference Guide. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2009.
Call Number: REF KF3941.S678 2009

Utter, Glenn H. Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights. Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 2000
Call Number: REF KF3941 .A68 U88 2000



Gun Control on Trial: Inside the Supreme Court Battle Over the Second Amendment

Private Guns, Public Health

Strategies for Disrupting Illegal Firearm Markets: A Case Study of Los Angeles


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about gun control.
  • Newsweek
  • Time
  • US News & World Report


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

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.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 1,800 article mentioning "gun control", 4,900 articles mentioning firearms, and 1,100 mentioning firearms law and legislation from newspapers, magazines, and academic journals.

Credo Reference

From 330+ digital reference books available to search, there are more than 700 results on the topic of gun control. There is also an entire reference book on the subject (Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law) that can be accessed by clicking on "Find a Book."

Info Trac OneFile

This current events news and periodicals database includes more than 10,000 full-text results mentioning "gun control", 10,000 on the subject of "firearms", and 200 about the Second Amendement, including many news items.

Issues and Controversies

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Has a topic heading just for gun control.

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.

  • ATF
    • The US Government's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Firearms Division provides statistics on firearms manufactures and exported in the US. The Firearms FAQ page provides the most straight-forward information on the site.
    • The National Rifle Association is a "major political force and America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights." Its Institue for Legislative Action website provides news, fact sheets, and other information with an anti-gun control agenda.
  • The Brady Campaign
    • The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence along with its legislative affiliate, the Brady Campaign, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence
  • TIME Magazine: Gun Control
    • From the magazine's list of topics, this gun control site provides current, up-to-date information and articles from the magazine itself as well as others on the Internet.

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