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Criminal Justice Research Guide

What Are Books For?

First, what is a book? 

A long-form, written work. That's it! For our goal in academic research, we should note that books have several variables, which make them more or less useful, depending on our topic. Books may be popular or scholarly, self-published or formally published, general synthesis or a deep dive into a single topic.

They are good at...

  • Broad overviews -- there is time to give a history and review of a topic, and many academic books are written with those overviews in the first chapter or at the beginning of each chapter. Some book formats (encyclopedias, handbooks) are specifically written to give you an excellent overview and starting point.
  • Historical information -- particularly for information that doesn't change much over time.
  • Reliability, depending on the publishing process -- self-published books have an unclear editing and fact-checking process, but books published through formal organizations will have some editing procedures, sometimes quite extensive.

Library Catalog Basics

library search filter screen


     To browse for book titles in the library:


         ✦ type in a general search term, either Keyword or Subject

         ✦ use the filters at left of the landing page 
              --> under the Held by Library menu click UMass Lowell Libraries
              --> under Format click e-book, (or book)

         ✦ once you find one good book, read the abstract, title, and subjects for even better search terms;

Search for Books

Selected Titles

Surveying Victims
Rights for Victims of Crime : Rebalancing Justice by Irvin Waller
Framing the Rape Victim : Gender and Agency Reconsidered by Carine M. Mardorossian
The Victimization of Women : Law, Policies, and Politics Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller
Self-Protective Behavior and Violent Victimization
The Collapse of American Criminal Justice by William J. Stuntz
The Handbook of Comparative Criminal Law by Kevin Jon Heller and Markus Dubber
From Social Justice to Criminal Justice : Poverty and the Administration of Criminal Law by William C. Heffernan and John Kleinig
Rethinking Criminal Law Theory : New Canadian Perspectives in the Philosophy of Domestic, Transnational, and International Criminal Law
Repositioning Restorative Justice : Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice and Social Context by Lode Walgrave
Criminal Justice : A Beginner's Guide by Bryan Gibson
Ethics for Criminal Justice Professionals by Cliff Roberson and Scott Mire
by In Doubt : The Psychology of the Criminal Justice Process Dan Simon
Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law: Volume 2 by Danielle Griffiths and Andrew Sanders
The Changing Role of Criminal Law in Controlling Corporate Behavior by James M. Anderson and Ivan Waggoner
Mental Condition Defences and the Criminal Justice System : Perspectives from Law and Medicine by Ben Livings, Alan Reed, and Nicola Wake
Routledge Handbook of International Criminal Law by William A. Schabas and Nadia Bernaz
Training the 21st Century Police Officer : Redefining Police Professionalism for the Los Angeles Police Department by Russell Glenn, Barbara R. Panitch, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Russell W. Glenn, Barbara R. Pantich, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Elizabeth Williams, and David Brannan
Recruiting and Retaining America's Finest : Evidence-Based Lessons for Police Workforce Planning by Jeremy M. Wilson, Bernard D. Rostker, and Cha-Chi Fan
Police Organizational Cultures and Patrol Practices by Kimberly D. Hassell
Measurement of Crime : Victim Reporting and Police Recording by Shannan M. Catalano
Police Management: Professional Integrity in Policing by Petter Gottschalk
Mad or Bad? : Race, Class, Gender, and Mental Disorder in the Criminal Justice System by Melissa Thompson
The Handbook of Measurement Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice by Beth M. Huebner and Timothy S. Bynum