What is Discus? DISCUS icon

What is PASCAL? PASCAL icon


Criminal Justice Subject Guide

Databases and Journal Indexes

Academic OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost) PASCAL icon
A general, multi-disciplinary database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals

Credo Reference   DISCUS icon
Provides access to more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, and reference titles from over 80 publishers, covering every major subject. Offers over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Over 10,000 Topic Pages present and organize a variety of information resources on a subject and act as a starting point for research.

ebrary PASCAL icon
A growing collection of over 100,000 electronic books in a wide range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser without downloading or installing anything to your computer. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download up to 10 entire books for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free). Individual chapters can also be downloaded in PDF format. Login to your personal account to take advantage of additional functionalities including setting a default citation format, highlighting and note taking within the text, adding hyperlinks to the text, saving books to a personal bookshelf, downloading content for offline use, and access to iOS and Android mobile apps. Off-campus users are automatically logged in to their personal accounts. On-campus users will be prompted to login when they need to use one of the additional functions or when they click the Sign In link. For more information, see the Quick Start Guide or the Download Guide.

EBSCO eBook Collection
A collection of over 21,000 electronic books available in full text online. These titles may be searched in the library's catalog or directly in the EBSCO database. Formerly known as NetLibrary, titles in this collection cover all subject areas.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by the CSU Library and are in the categories of: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by DISCUS.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)   DISCUS icon
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by DISCUS and are in the categories of: Education, History, Medicine, Nation and World, and Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by the CSU Library.

General OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines ranging from architecture to biology and history to mathematics.

HathiTrust     FREE
HathiTrust is a growing digital repository of books and journals from a group of large research libraries. It includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives at HathiTrust partner libraries. The full text of all materials is searchable by everyone, and the full text of materials in the public domain are openly viewable by everyone. To limit your search to the approximately 30% of the HathiTrust collection which is in the public domain, simply check the "Full view only" box on the search screen. Additional options are available for non-partners by creating a Friend Account. Hathi (pronounced hah-tee) is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal highly regarded for its memory, wisdom, and strength.

Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Full Text (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Provides complete coverage of the most important English language legal information, with international coverage of scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews and more. Full text is available for over 400 periodicals, many of them peer-reviewed, as far back as 1994

An archive of scholarly journals that offers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.

LexisNexis: Academic
Provides access to full-text legal, business, and news publications. Includes law review articles and more than 300 legal newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. Provides access to the Shepard's Citations service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789, and federal regulations from The Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations, European Union law from the CELEX database, and international case law from a number of other countries. Includes detailed financials, competitive information and SWOT analysis of more than 80 million public, private, and international companies. Includes Securities Exchange Commission filings and reports. Includes national and regional newspapers, wire services, transcripts of television and radio broadcasts, international news, and non-English language sources.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.

NCJRS: National Criminal Justice Reference Service     FREE
A federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

New York Times
Selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present is available in several of the library's databases, with complete digital coverage from 2008 to three months ago available in ProQuest Digital Microfilm. In addition, the library keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.

Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.

Newstand (Gale InfoTrac)
Provides access to more than 2,700 national, international, state and local newspapers with selective coverage between 1980 and 2012.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context   DISCUS icon
Provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, it features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Oxford Reference Online Premium
Combines language and subject reference works together to form a large reference library. It contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works.

Points of View Reference Center (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Intended for public, academic, and high school libraries, Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.

ProQuest Congressional
A comprehensive online resource available for congressional publications and legislative research. You can perform in-depth research in public policy, historical, and legal areas of interest. It includes abstracts and indexing for congressional publications, legislative histories, member biographies, committee assignments, voting records, and financial data; and the full text of key regulatory and statutory resources. Formerly known as LexisNexis: Congressional.

ProQuest Criminal Justice
A comprehensive database of U.S. and international criminal justice journals. Provides research support for students interested in careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security. Includes abstract and indexing for 250 titles, with more than 100 available in full-text. Formerly known as CJPI/Criminal Justice Periodicals Index.

ProQuest Digital Microfilm: New York Times
This resource provides cover-to-cover full image access to the New York Times from 2008 to three months ago for an online experience that resembles paging through the newspaper in print or viewing it on microfilm. Users may crop, zoom, or rotate page images and then print, email, or save in PDF format. In addition, the library provides access to selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present in several other databases, keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film, television, gardening, health, medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news, current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports, fitness, transportation, travel and much more. Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994.

SAGE Journals Online
SAGE Journals Online (SAGE Premier) is a collection of over 560 full-text journals in over 50 disciplines including business, communication, criminology, education, humanities, industrial relations, labor, medicine, political science, psychology, social science, science, technology, urban studies, and more. Includes research journals published on behalf of more than 245 scholarly and professional societies.

Social Sciences Full Text (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Provides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language journals published in the social sciences. Includes full text articles from 215 journals dating as far back as 1995, and indexing and abstracts of over 625 periodicals dating as far back as 1983, nearly 400 of which are peer-reviewed. Covers the latest concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences. Subject coverage includes addiction studies, anthropology, community health and medical care, communications, economics, environmental studies, ethics, family studies, gender studies, geography, international relations, law, mass media, minority studies, political science, psychiatry, psychology, public welfare, social work, urban studies and much more.

SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCOHost)
A sociological research database that features more than 1,660,000 records with contains full text for 344 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1895, and 129 "priority" coverage journals. This database also includes full text for more than 700 books and monographs, and full text for 6,800 conference papers.

An online collection of science, technology, and mathematics (STM) books, journals, and reference works from Springer-Verlag. Subject areas covered include Architecture and Design; Behavioral Science; Biomedical and Life Sciences; Business and Economics; Chemistry and Materials Science; Computer Science; Earth and Environmental Science; Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law; Mathematics and Statistics; Medicine; Physics and Astronomy; Professional and Applied Computing.

TOPICsearch (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms. Students can use either the dropdown menus for Current Events or Topics to easily locate relevant articles. Contains full text for over 150,961 articles from 475 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.

A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.

World Data Analyst (Britannica)   DISCUS icon
Resource for retrieving, comparing and customizing data on the world's nations including maps, area, population, demographics, gross national product and more. Offers tools for creating comparison tables and graphs using either recent or historical statistics. Performs country rankings for chosen statistical categories. Results exportable to spreadsheet applications.

Return to Top

Print Sources

General Reference

American dictionary of criminal justice: key terms and major court cases (Ref. HV 7411 .C48 2005)

Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations: A Reference Guide for Attorneys, Legal Secretaries, Paralegals, and Law Students (REF. KF 246 .B46 2001)

Black's Law Dictionary (Ref. KF 156 .B53 2004)

Concise Dictionary of Crime and Justice (Ref. HV 6017 .D38 2002)

Congressional Quarterly's Desk Reference on American Criminal Justice (Ref. HV 9950 .B364 2001)

Criminal Justice Information: How to Find It, How to Use It (Ref. HV 7419.5 .C75 1998)

Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual (Ref. HV 9950 .C74323 2002)

Federal Civil Judicial Procedure and Rules (Ref. KF 8816 .A193 1999)

Finding Criminal Justice (in the Library): A Student Manual of Information Retrieval and Utilization Skills (Ref. HV 7921.T9 1990)

Guide to South Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure (Ref. KFS 2361 .W38 1994)

Lawyer's Guide to Internet Research (REF. KF242 .A1 L353 2000)

National Criminal Justice Thesaurus (Ref. HV 7419 .N37 1998)

National Survey of State Laws (Ref. KF 386 .N38)

Roxbury Dictionary of Criminal Justice: Key Terms and Major Court Cases (Ref. HV 7411 .C48 1997)

South Carolina Rules of Court (Ref. KFS 2329 .A197)


Corpus Juris Secundum (majority rule in the U.S.) (Ref. KF 65.M3)

South Carolina Jurisprudence (Ref. KFS 1865 .S68)

Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior (Ref. 6017 .E53 2001 v. 1-4)

Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement (Ref. HV 7921 .E53 2005 v. 1-3)

Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice (Ref. HV 6017 .E52 2004 v. 1-4 + Index)

Law Reports

American Law Reports, 2nd 3rd,4th, 5th, Fed (Ref Storage. KF 132.6 .A45)

Landmark Supreme Court Cases (Ref. KF 4549 .L37 1991)

South Carolina Reports (Ref. KFS 1845 .S64)

United States Reports (Ref. KF 101 .U5)

United States Supreme Court Decisions: An Index to Excerpts, Reprints, and Discussions (Ref. KF 101.6 .G83 1983)

United States Supreme Court Decisions: An Index to Their Locations (1976) (Ref. KF 101.6 .A5)

U.S. Supreme Court Education Cases (Ref. KF 4110.3 .U15 1998-)


Crime in the United States: Uniform Crime Reports (Ref. HV 6787 .A3)

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics (Ref. HV 7245 .N37b)

Statutes and Codes

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (Reference Office)

Code of Laws of South Carolina (Ref. KFS 1830 1976)

United States Code (Ref. KF 62 2000)

United States Statutes at Large (Ref. KF 50 .U545)

Return to Top

Internet Resources

Federal Government Publications

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Code of Federal Regulations
Includes the text of public regulations issued by federal agencies

Crime in the United States
Most recent year available in print Ref. HV 6787.A3

Drug Enforcement Agency

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

Federal Judicial Center

Federal Probation
A journal of correctional philosophy & practice

NCJRS: National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Offers justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide

South Carolina Legislature
Convenient access point for the South Carolina Code of Laws, Code of Regulations, S.C. Constitution, and archives of legislation since 1975

Supreme Court of the United States
Provides an overview of the Court, information about the presiding Justices, current calendar and schedules, opinions, Court Rules, visitor information, and resources for the media

Provides legislative information on the Internet; includes House and Senate directories, links to the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government, as well as links to State and Local governments

Other Internet Resources

Criminal Justice Links


National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

National Crime Prevention Council Resource Book

Justice Technology Information Network

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

U.S. Federal Government Agencies Directory
Alphabetical list of federal government agencies on the Internet

United Nations Office on Drug and Crime

Return to Top

Journals and Magazines

The following journals are available in the CSU library:

American Business Law Journal

American Journal of International Law

Arbitration Journal

Argumentation and Advocacy

Business Lawyer

Corrections Today

Crime and delinquency

Crime and delinquency abstracts

Crime and Delinquency Crime to Court

Criminal Law Bulletin (M/F)



Employee Relations Law Journal

FBI law enforcement bulletin

Federal probation

Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

Journal of Law and Economics

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

Journal Record

Justice Quarterly

Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Law and Order

NPPA journal: National Probation and Parole Association

On the line

Police Chief


South Carolina Law Review

Find a list of e-journals in criminal justice/law available at CSU

Return to Top

email us