Teen Violence

Juvenile detention center, USA

This guide is designed to help you research information about teen violence. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The online 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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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Gang(s)
  • Gang violence
  • Juvenile crime
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Juvenile detention
  • Teen violence
  • Youth crime

New Books

Haerens, Margaret, ed. Juvenile Crime. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HV9069 .J7782 2013

Circulating Books

Kellner, Douglas. Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic terrorism and school shootings from the Oklahoma City bombing to the Virginia Tech masssacre. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2008. Print.
Call Number: HN90.U6 K45 2008

Denfeld, Rene. All God's Children: Inside the dark and violent world of street families. New York: PublicAffairs, 2007. Print.
Call Number: HV6439.U5 D46 2007

Ochoa, Maria, ed. Shout Out: Women of color respond to violence. Emeryville: Seal Press, 2007. Print.
Call Number: HV6250.4.W65 S534 2007

Guerra, Nancy and Emille Phillips Smith, eds. Preventing Youth Violence in a Multicultural Society. Washington DC: APA, 2006. Print.
Call Number: HQ799.2.V56 P746 2006

Miles, Al. Ending Violence in Teen Dating Relationships: A resource guide for pastors and parents. Minneapolis: Augsburg Books, 2006. Print.
Call Number: HQ801.83.M55 2005

Tanenhaus, David Spinoza. Juvenile Justice in the Making. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Print.
Call Number: KF9794 .T36 2004

Prothow-Stith, Deborah and Howard Spivak. Murder Is No Accident: Understanding and preventing youth violence in America. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004. Print.
Call Number: HQ799.2.V56 P76 2004

Ojeda, Auriana, ed. Teens at Risk: Opposing viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2003. Print.
Call Number: HV1431 .T44 2003

Bazemore, Gordon and Lode Walgrave, eds. Restorative Juvenile Justice: Repairing the harm of youth crime. Monsey: Criminal Justice Press:Willow Tree Press, 1999. Print.
Call Number: HV9076.5 .R47 1999

Chesney-Lind, Meda and Randall G. Sheldon. Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice. 2nd ed. Belmont: Wadsworth. Print.
Call Number: HV9104 .C39 1998

Reference Books

Sources annotated with REF are found in the 2nd Floor Reference Section and are for in-Library use only.


Champion, Dean John. American Dictionary of Criminal Justice: Key terms and major court cases. Los Angeles: Roxbury Pub., 2005. Print.
Call Number: REF HV7411 .C48 2005

Barak, Gregg, ed. Battleground: Criminal Justice. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2007. Print.
Call Number: REF HV7411 .B38 2007

Lerner, K. Lee and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, eds. Crime and Punishment: Essential primary sources. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2006.
Call Number: REF HV7419 .C743 2006.

Ferro, Jeffrey. Juvenile Crime. New York: Facts on File, 2007. Print.
Call Number: HV9104 .F448 2003

South, Nigel, ed. Youth Crime, Deviance, and Delinquency.Brookfield: Ashgate, Dartmouth, 1999. Print.
Call Number: REF HV9069 .Y65 1999


Kontos, Louis and David C. Brotherton, eds. Encyclopedia of Gangs. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2008. Print.
Call Number: REF HV6439 .U5 E53 2008

McShane, Marilyn D. and Frank P. Williams, III, eds. Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2003.
Call Number: REF HV9104 .E58 2003

Sullivan Larry, ed. Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. Thousand Oaks: SagePublications, 2005.Print.
Call Number: Ref. HV7921. E53 2005.


Maguire, Michael, Rod Morgan, Robert Reiner, eds. Oxford Handbook of Criminology. New York: Clarendon Press, 1997. Print.
Call Number: REF HV6025 O87 1997


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about teen violence.
  • Newsweek
  • Time


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

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study, including over 2,000 articles relating to teen violence.

Criminal Justice Collection

This database has over 150 criminal justice and law journals; including over 500 articles relating to teen and youth violence.

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.

Web sites

There are many good teen violence web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

Local Nonprofit Organizations

Roxbury Youthworks, Inc.* A community-based nonprofit organization that "combats the roots of juvenile delinquency in the inner city neighborhoods of Boston by providing innovative support services to court-involved and other youth up to 21 years of age." An exemplar contact for information about community involvement and activism, including information about events, programs, and social services for area youth and teens.

Teen Empowerment* A national nonprofit organization with two sites in Boston and Somerville, MA, with a mission to "empower youth and adults as agents of individual, institutional, and social change." Through youth organizer groups and events, "youth from rival neighborhoods are brought together to work towards common goals." A valuable resource for information about youth-to-youth programs that use dialogue as an alternative to violence.

National & Government Organizations

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) A federally-funded reference and referral service offering justice and substance abuse information, including a searchable database containing articles, audiovisual material, publications, and reports about teen violence around the world. Also includes access to federal teen violence statistics and information from other federal agencies.

Youth Violence Prevention Center A federal resource "for communities working to prevent violence committed by and against young people." This site includes valuable resources for teen violence prevention efforts, including teen violence statistics, federal publications and reports, and news articles updated weekly.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

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General Library Information**

Research guide updated on 9/01/09 by Gena Pliakas: gpliakas@rcc.mass.edu
Updated on 5/6/14 by Joy Singletary.