Getting started

Criminology is a behavioural science that studies crime and criminal justice and tends to also involve legal, psychological and sociological perspectives. There are many different paths for doing criminology research depending on what topic you are examining.

Background Research:
Helpful ideas include reading newspaper articles and using encyclopedias such as "Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice" by Sanford H. Kadish (HV6017. E52) to help gain a general understanding of the topic before starting your research. Given how interdisciplinary the field of criminology is, your best bet for starting research is to search broadly using our interdisciplinary databases.
Other Helpful Subject Guides:
Law and Society - Data and Statistics - Sociology - Psychology

Here is a list of most of the criminology journals we have subscriptions for.

Electronic Journals

(available to Laurier students, faculty, staff only)

For a more complete list, go to Full-Text Electronic Journals for Criminology.

  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
  • British Journal of Criminology
  • British Journal of Sociology
  • Contemporary Justice Review
  • Corrections Today
  • Crime and Delinquency
  • Crime, Law and Social Change
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • Critical Criminology
  • Deviant Behavior
  • European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
  • European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
  • FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
  • Homicide Studies
  • Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
  • International Journal of Comparative Criminology
  • Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
  • Journal of Criminal Justice
  • Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
  • Journal of International Criminal Justice
  • Journal of Interpersonal Violence
  • Journal of Law and Society
  • Journal of Quantitative Criminology
  • Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
  • Law and Society Review
  • Police Practice and Research
  • Police Quarterly
  • Policing and Society
  • Policing (formerly Police Studies)
  • Prison Journal
  • Probation Journal
  • Punishment and Society
  • Security
  • Social Forces
  • Social Justice
  • Theoretical Criminology
  • Women and Criminal Justice
  • Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice

Print Journals

  • Canadian Criminal Cases (KE8802 .C3 Laurier main campus Library )
  • Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice (HV6001 .C3 Laurier main campus Library)
  • Criminology (HV6001 .C68 UWaterloo Porter Library)
  • International Review of Victimology (HV6250 .I58 Laurier Brantford)
  • Journal of Crime and Justice (HV6201 .J68 Laurier Brantford)
  • Justice Quarterly (HV7231 .J8 UWaterloo Porter Library)

Main databases

Secondary subject databases
Database Description
Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text Covers journal articles, books, reports, dissertations and unpublished papers. View Full Description
NCJRS Abstracts Database U.S. database with summaries of articles, books and other materials about crime and corrections. View Full Description
Nexis Uni Full-text documents for international news, business, legal research, and key people in the news. View Full Description

Also useful

Tertiary subject databases
Database Description
APA PsycInfo A comprehensive database for the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines. View Full Description
Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America Contains citations to books, journal articles, essays, conference papers, and government documents. View Full Description
Child Welfare Information Gateway Links to information and publications for the well-being of children and families. View Full Description
PAIS Index International index to various types of publications on public/social policy and social sciences. Includes PAIS Archive. View Full Description
Periodicals Archive Online Full-text articles from journals in the humanities and social sciences. View Full Description
Sociological Abstracts Comprehensive, international coverage of journal articles, books, papers, etc. in sociology and related disciplines. View Full Description

Check out the subject guide for Law and Society for a more detailed guide to citing in Canadian Legal Citation