Criminal Justice Databases

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Database Database Description
Criminal Justice Abstracts

Index to articles and publications in the field of criminal justice including law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security. Includes some full text.

Dates of coverage: 1981 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles

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Database Database Description
Academic Lexis-Nexis (now Nexis Uni)

Now called Nexis Uni, this database includes more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.  Includes court decisions (including historical cases dating back to the 1880s), full text law reviews, thousands of full text news sources in English and foreign languages, and current data on 13 million companies.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: news, primary sources, scholarly articles
Academic Search Complete

Multidisciplinary database that indexes journals from a wide range of subject areas, including literature, history, ethnic studies, computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, and medical sciences. Includes many fulltext articles.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: scholarly articles
Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews

The Campbell Library contains peer reviewed systematic reviews of the effects of interventions in education, crime and justice, international development and social welfare for evidence based decision making. The reviews are available in full text with access to registered titles, user abstracts and approved protocols.

Dates of coverage: 2000 to present
Content Type: systematic reviews
National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts (NCJRS)

Index of criminal justice publications. Covers topics such as crime, juvenile justices, statistics, and drug control.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: data, scholarly articles
Social Science Research Network

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles
Social Sciences Abstracts

Interdisciplinary index to periodicals in the social sciences. Coverage includes anthropology, criminal justice, economics, environmental studies, ethics, gender, political science, psychology and sociology.

Dates of coverage: 1984 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Sociological Abstracts

Indexes articles on all aspects of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

Dates of coverage: 1963 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Index of materials related to political science, including history and theory, comparative, international, political psychology, law, and public administration and policy.

Dates of coverage: 1975 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles