Sociology & Criminology Resources

Sociology & Criminology specific databases


JSTOR is a multidisciplinary database that aims to make the archives of scholarly work from all disciplines accessible. It is a good place to start your research; your search results will most likely contain materials from sources you wouldn't have thought to search on your own. Using the advanced search option to limit your results is especially important in JSTOR as it is a multilingual database. You can also limit your search by subject or journal title.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

This database includes bibliographic records and full text of the essential journals related to criminal justice and criminology. The comprehensive database features over 580 journals.

Sage Journals Online

This multidisciplinary database is a good place to start your research. Sage Journals Online provides citations and abstracts for articles across all disciplines, many with the full text available. Use the advanced search option to limit what journal titles are searched or browse articles by discipline or topic for more narrowed search results.

SocINDEX with Full Text

SocIndex with Full Text provides full text access to hundreds of journals, books and conference papers. Citations and abstracts are provided for many more, and these can be requested in full text through interlibrary loan. Primarily a sociology database, SocIndex also covers the leading journals in related fields such as criminology and criminal justice, demography, religion, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, political sociology, social psychology and the list goes on. This database can be searched in conjunction with other databases such as Academic Search Premier, Social Work Abstracts, or PsycARTICLES by clicking "Choose Databases."

Violence & Abuse Abstracts

This database includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

Sociology & Criminology reference ebooks

21st Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook

21st Dentury Criminology: A Reference Handbook Provides straightforward and definitive overviews of numerous key topics comprising traditional criminology and its modern outgrowths.

Encyclopedia of Crime Scene Investigation

Encyclopedia of Crime Scene Investigation provides entries that cover all aspects of crime scene investigations, including ballistics, counterfeiting, forensic medicine, firearms, hijacking, identification, poisons, scandals, sex crimes, smuggling, tool marks, and trace evidence.

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society covers the major theories, research, people, and issues in contemporary gender studies. This comprehensive, two-volume encyclopedia is distinguished by a cross-national/cross-cultural perspective that provides comparative analyses of the life experiences of men and women around the world.

Encyclopedia of Race and Crime

Encyclopedia of Race and Crime covers issues in both historical and contemporary context, with information on race and ethnicity and their impact on crime and the administration of justice. Explores the similar historical experiences of varied racial and ethnic groups and illustrates how race and ethnicity has mattered and continues to matter in the administration of American criminal justice.

General/related databases

Academic Search Complete

This multidisciplinary database is a good place to start your research. For extra search capabilities, click "Choose Databases" and select more subject specific databases to simultaneously search.


Statisa is a statistics portal that provides data on over 80,000 topics from more than 10,000 different sources including agriculture, advertising, health, hospitality, and consumer goods. The content is geared towards business and marketing statistical needs, with a focus on current (not historical) statistics. Ready made tables are available for downloading.


Use WorldCat to find books about a research topic that are not available at Holy Spirit Library. Search by title or author if you are looking for something specific, or search by keyword or subject to find something new. Click "Borrow this item from another library" to request a book from another library.

Sociology & Criminology websites

Electronic Journal of Sociology

The Electronic Journal of Sociology is available for free and in full-text online. It includes both scholarly, peer-reviewed research and editorials.

Social Psychology Network

The official website of the Social Psychology Network provides information about educational programs, research, websites, conferences and more relating to social psychology. A searchable directory of professional profiles and a database of resources (websites, e-journals, books and more) are also provided.