Introduction to Criminology

Course #: CC100-BR

Finding books about criminology topics

  • Search Laurier’s Primo library catalogue for books on your topic. The default search is both books and articles so choose the “books” tab if you want to eliminate articles
  • You can start with broad keywords (e.g. “juvenile delinquents”) and then narrow down your results by clicking on one of the “refine your results” links on the left-hand side of the screen
  • For example, you can click on the subtopic “recidivism”
  • You can also limit your results to the Waterloo campus and/or books published within a specific time frame (e.g. works published after 2000)

Find eBooks

  • Laurier's eBooks are just as scholarly as our print books
  • They are available 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Some of our ebooks can be downloaded and read on mobile devices (but not on the Kindle). If a book is downloadable, it will have a download link
  • View a video tutorial on finding eBooks

Can't find it at Brantford? Request it

Request materials from other libraries

Request it through interlibrary loans (RACER)

  • If you can't find it in our partner libraries, click on the link for interlibrary loans
  • Your user name is your OneCard barcode number; your password is your last name (all lower case)
  • You do not need to search for your article or book. Instead click on the “Blank Request Form” on the left side of the page
  • Fill out the form and submit it

Finding articles about criminology topics

Too many search results?

  • If you get too many search results, use narrower search terms (e.g. “African American juvenile delinquents” instead of “juvenile delinquents”)
  • Try adding more concepts to your search. Adding more terms that are linked by “AND” will decrease your number of search results (e.g. “African American juvenile delinquents” AND “substance abuse”)

Too few search results?

  • Think in terms of broader categories (“juvenile delinquents” rather than “African American juvenile delinquents”)
  • Add alternate terms for each concept (“juvenile delinquents” OR “young offenders”). Adding more terms that are linked by “OR” will increase your number of search results
  • TIP: Look at the bibliographies of the most pertinent books and articles on your topic. One author can lead you to others in the field

Need assistance with writing?

Creating a bibliography

Need help with research?

  • Don’t hesitate to contact me (Pauline Dewan); I am here to help you. For additional information, see my contact page
  • Email me at
  • Call me at 519 756-8228 ext. 5529
  • Drop in for help or make an appointment. My office is in the Digital Library and Learning Commons, on the lower level of Grand River Hall, room 108B
  • Instant message a Laurier librarian for help by clicking on “Ask Us” (from the homepage of the Laurier Library)

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