Want to figure out what a book covers? If you find a record in our online catalog, you can click on the Book Cover and see if a Summary is provided. If a book cover is not provided in the record or if you want more extensive commentary, consult Book Reviews
Many criminal justice faculty and students use the NCJRS database (listed under Find Articles) to identify journal articles. The MSU Main Library will have many of these journals available, either in print or in electronic format. Those that we don't own can be requested through interlibrary loan.
The NCJRS database also provides descriptions of NCJRS reports as well. Although all such reports are available for sale from the NCJRS, be aware that the MSU Library used to purchase NCJRS microfiche reports before the arrival of the Internet. So you may want to check with the Hollander MakeCentral (formerly called Copy Center) to see if we have a microfiche copy under the call number HV6001 .N35. Most of the NCJRS reports on microfiche are dated between 1981-1995. It is also possible that some of the later NCJRS reports are available in print in the U.S. documents collection.
Books are the best source for indepth information when you really need to know a subject in and out. Typical books are structured in such a way as to lead you from little knowledge about a subject to a more thorough understanding; this cannot usually be said for web resources or articles. Scholarly articles are typically written by and for experts in a field and so cannot be easily understood by someone that is not familiar with the jargon of that area. Web resources are often the best option for up to date information, but usually do not provide any in depth examination of the information.
Visit the MSU Library home page and type in some key words in the SearchPlus box. On the left choose books only Voila.
For a more traditional approach, consider searching the MSU Libraries Online Catalog.
If you do not know the author, title, or LC subject headings, try a keyword or keywords approach. While reviewing the results, note that most records provide LC subject headings which can also be used to identify more books on the same or similar topics. A separate box below lists some of the more common Library of Congress subject headings which you can use for searching.
Just want to take a quick look in Reference or the stacks? A separate box below lists some of the key call number ranges.
See a LC subject heading relevant to your topic?
Copy it, click on the Online Catalog link, click on LC Subject button, paste in your subject heading, and see what items are listed.
AFRICAN AMERICAN CRIMINALS
ARREST (POLICE METHODS)
ASIAN AMERICAN CRIMINALS
CHEMICAL AGENTS (MUNITIONS)
CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION
CHILD SEX OFFENDERS
CHINESE AMERICAN CRIMINALS
COLLECTIVE LABOR AGREEMENTS--POLICE
CONDUCT OF COURT PROCEEDINGS
CRIME AND CRIMINALS
CRIME AND RACE
CRIME - ECONOMIC ASPECTS
CRIME IN MASS MEDIA
CRIME PREVENTION--UNITED STATES
CRIME SCENE SEARCHES
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, PREDICTION OF
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS
CRIMINAL JUSTICE, ADMINISTRATION OF
CRIMINAL JUSTICE, ADMINISTRATION OF - ECONOMIC ASPECTS
DEATH ROW INMATES
DISCRIMINATION IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
EXECUTIONS AND EXECUTIONERS
FEAR OF CRIME
FEMALE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS
FIREARMS--LAW AND LEGISLATION
FREE PRESS AND FAIR TRIAL
IRISH AMERICAN CRIMINALS
JUVENILE DETENTION HOMES
JUVENILE JUSTICE, ADMINISTRATION OF
LAW ENFORCEMENT--VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE--UNITED STATES
LOCAL TRANSIT -- SECURITY MEASURES
MASS MEDIA AND CRIME
MEXICAN AMERICAN CRIMINALS
MONEY LAUNDERING INVESTIGATION
NEWSPAPER COURT REPORTING
OFFENSES AGAINST THE ENVIRONMENT
ORGANIZED CRIME INVESTIGATION
POLICE -- JOB STRESS
POLICE -- SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR
POLICE -- UNITED STATES -- EXAMINATIONS, QUESTIONS, ETC.
POLICE PURSUIT DRIVING
PUBLIC TRANSIT -- SECURITY MEASURES
RACIAL PROFILING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
RECEIVING STOLEN GOODS
REFORMATORIES FOR WOMEN
RESTRAINT OF PRISONERS
RUSSIAN AMERICAN CRIMINALS
SERIAL MURDER INVESTIGATION -- PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS
SERIAL MURDERERS -- PSYCHOLOGY
TERRORISM AND MASS MEDIA
TERRORISM -- PREVENTION
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
TRANSPORTATION -- SECURITY MEASURES
UNITED STATES FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
VICTIMS OF CRIMES
VIOLENCE IN MASS MEDIA
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
WHITE COLLAR CRIME INVESTIGATION
WHITE COLLAR CRIMES
WOMEN CORRECTIONAL PERSONNEL
If you don't find any books in the MSU Libraries or if you want to find additional possibilities, try searching the WORLDCAT database to identify resources available in other libraries around the world. As a MSU faculty or staff member, you can request these materials through MelCat or through interlibrary loan.
Here are some Library of Congress call number browsing areas for Criminal Justice. Check the Reference (1st Floor East) collection or the appropriate sections of the stacks (3 East) for some of our many print resources....
HV 1-5840................... Social pathology
HV 6001-6030............ Criminology-general
HV 6035-6079............ Criminal anthropology
HV 6080-6113............ Criminal psychology
HV 6115-6118............ Causes of crime
HV 6121-6143............ Crime & heredity
HV 6150-6249............ Crime-environment
HV 6250...................... Victims of crime
HV 6251-7220............ Crimes & offenses
HV 7231-9960............ Criminal justice administration