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SFU Library Criminology collections policy

The School of Criminology offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Major in Criminology), Master of Arts, and Ph.D., respectively. The School also offers an MA in Applied Legal Studies (Notaries Public) Program at the Surrey Campus, diplomas and general and advanced Certificates in criminology, and a Diploma in Legal Studies. As of January 2010, the School of Criminology offers a Certificate in the area of police studies.

In September 2006, the School of Criminology had a well-established undergraduate program with more than 800 majors/minors, over 120 doctoral and M.A. students, and a multidisciplinary teaching faculty consisting of 34 members.

The undergraduate curriculum is designed to assist students to acquire an in-depth understanding of the complexities of criminal and other deviant behaviour and of society's reaction to crime and deviance. Students concurrenly acquire a theoretical and practical knowledge of the criminal justice system and its components, and gain insights into the philosophy, sociology and present state of several related areas of law, particularly the criminal law.  Students are able to develop and pursue an interest in one of the different sectors of criminological inquiry and practice including crime prevention, corrections, law enforcement, law and law reform, research and policy analysis, restorative justice, and forensic science.

Undergraduate courses are offered at the main campus on Burnaby Mountain and also at the Surrey campus (home to the CrimOne program). For those students unable to attend classes on campus a large number of criminology courses have been produced for distance education (some including teletutorials) in cooperation with Simon Fraser University's Centre for Distance Education. In fact, students may now pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology or a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Criminology entirely through Distance Education.

Collection development is the responsibility of the Criminology Liaison Librarian. Liaison with the School of Criminology is maintained through the Departmental Representative as well as with other faculty members when required. Regular contact with other liaison librarians and teaching departments is nurtured through the sharing of relevant review material.

SFU Resources

The W.A.C. Bennett Library is the major location for the Library's criminology collection. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the field, there is a wide overlap with other SFU Library collections including psychology, sociology, political science, economics, history, philosophy, computing science and mathematics. Small collections of criminology resources are also available at the SFU Surrey Library and the Belzberg Library at Harbour Centre. A number of SFU Library resources including books, encyclopedias and journal articles are available online, so accessible to several campuses at the same time.

Regional Resources

The University of British Columbia also has a large collection which covers many branches of the discipline.

Consortia and Document Delivery

The SFU Library benefits from active participation in several library consortia. Specifically, the SFU Library participates in the following:

  • BC Electronic Library Network, representing 30 post-secondary libraries in BC
  • Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), representing 20 university libraries in western Canada
  • Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), representing 73 university libraries across Canada

Document delivery agreements exist with all three of these consortia which allow delivery of journals articles and books from these libraries in a timely manner.  Holdings and direct requesting from over 40 libraries are accessible through the Interlibrary Loan webpage and from many databases.

General Collection Guidelines  
   
Languages

The emphasis is on the acquisition of materials in English.

Chronological Guidelines The material purchased will normally be current in print titles.
Geographical Guidelines Not applicable
Treatment of Subject Selection will be primarily from - biographies, bibliographies, reference works, etc
Types of Materials Collecting is split between books and journals. There is an emphasis on e-journals and online resources.
Date of Publication Emphasis is on current publications. Retrospective acquisitions are normally only for the replacement of important titles which have deteriorated or disappeared.
Coordination / Cooperation with Others The interdisciplinary nature of the School of Criminology creates a reliance and dependence on other parts of the library collection. These areas are mainly in the following disciplines: Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science, and History, although Philosophy, Economics, and Computing Science are also part of the picture.
Other Factors for Consideration The School of Criminology has developed an extensive list of courses which are delivered through Distance Learning which dictates an emphasis on electronic resources that are remotely accessible.

Criminology

Subjects and Levels of Collecting

The following table lists the main subjects collected by the SFU Library in support of Criminology teaching areas and research interests. Subjects listed are collected to varying depths. The method in which the library selects books on each subject is listed in the second column of the table. A designation of “Books” in this column means that items which fit the General Guidelines (above) for the subject in question are sent on an approval basis to the library. In such cases, a significant portion of the books on that topic will be acquired for the collection. A designation of “Forms,” on the other hand, means that only brief descriptions of the books on the subject in question are sent to the library. The liaison librarian, sometimes with the assistance of the faculty representative or other faculty members, then selects the relevant items for acquisition by the library.

Law Division
A. Law General
 
i. General Survey of Law
Books
ii. Legal History
Forms
iii. Legal Reference Works
Forms
B. Jurisprudence Division
Books
i. Jurisprudence - General
Books
ii. Natural Law
Books
iii. Philosophy of Law
Books
iv. Rule of Law
Books
v. Due Process of Law
Books
vi. Law Reform
Books
vii. Comparative Law
Books
C. Systems of Law Division
 
i. Systems of Law - General
Books
ii. Common Law
Books
D. Legal Education Division
 
i. Legal Education - General.
Forms
ii. Legal Research
Forms
(1) Legal Bibliography
Forms
E. Legal Profession Division
 
i. Legal Profession - General
Forms
ii. Legal Ethics
Forms
F. Administration of Justice Division
 
i. Administrative Justice - General
Books
ii. Judicial Councils
Forms
iii. Judicial Statistics
Forms
iv. Courts
Forms
v. Court Rules
Forms
vi. Contempt of Court
Forms
vii. Judges
Forms
viii. Juries
Forms
ix. Precedent and Stare Decisis
Forms
x. Juvenile Courts
Forms
xi. Ombudsman
Forms
G. Criminal Law Division
Books
i. Criminal Law - General
Books
ii. Criminal Justice
Books
iii. Specific Crimes
Books
iv. Law Enforcement
Books
v. Jurisdiction and Venue Division
Books
(1) Jurisdiction and Venue - General
Books
(2). Arrest
Books
(3). Prosecutor
Books
(4). Public Defenders
Books
(5). Search and Seizure
Books
(6). Indictment
Books
(7). Bail
Books
(8). Sentencing
Books
(9). False Imprisonment
Books
(10). Appeal (Criminal Law)
Books
(11). Pleading (Criminal Law)
Books
vi. Criminal Courts
Books
vii. Double Jeopardy
Books
H. Reparation to Crime Victims
Books
I. Conflict of Laws
Books
J. Trials
Books
K. Constitutional Law Division
Forms
i. Constitutional Law - General
Forms
ii. Constitutional Conventions
Forms
iii. Federalism
Forms
iv. Interstate Compacts
Forms
v. Judicial Review
Forms
vi. Loyalty Oaths
Forms
vii. Crimes against State
Forms
viii. Civil Liberties and Rights
Forms
ix. Children's Rights
Forms
x. Law's and Treaties with Natives
Forms
xi. Church and State
Forms
L. Supreme Court (U.S. Division)
 
i. Supreme Court (U.S. Division) - General
Forms
ii. Supreme Court Jurisdiction
Forms
iii. Supreme Court Procedure
Forms
iv. Supreme Court Justices
Forms
M. Legislature Division
 
i. Legislature General
Forms
ii. Power of Legislative Bodies
Forms
iii. Parliamentary Law
Forms
iv. Legislative Councils
Forms
v. Bill Drafting
Forms
vi. Statutory Interpretation
Forms
vii. Initiative and Referendum
Forms
viii. Apportionment & Reapportionment
Forms
N. Administrative Law
 
i. Administrative Agencies
Forms
O. Social Legislation (Law) Division
 
i. Social Legislation (Law) Division - General
Forms
ii. Social Security Law
Forms
iii. Social Services
Forms
iv. Poor Laws
Forms
v. Unemployment Compensation
Forms
vi. Worker's Compensation
Forms
P. Public Law
Forms
Q. Trial Practice Division
 
i. Trial Practice - General
Forms
ii. Selection of Juries
Forms
iii. Instructions to Juries
Forms
iv. Cross-Examination
Forms
R. Evidence Law Division
 
i. Evidence Law - General
Forms
ii. Civil Evidence
Forms
 
iii. Criminal Evidence
Forms
iv. Witnesses
Forms
v. Expert Testimony
Forms
vi. Privileged Communication
Forms
vii. Documentary Evidence
Forms
viii. Perjury
Forms
ix. Selection of Juries
Forms
S. Civil Law Procedure Division
 
i. Civil Law Procedure - General
Forms
ii. Federal Procedure
Forms
iii. Appellate Procedure
Forms
iv. Judgment (Civil Law)
Forms
v. Damages (Civil Law)
Forms
vi. Pre-Trial Procedure
Forms
vii. Limitation of Actions
Forms
viii. Common Law Pleadings
Forms
T. Torts Division
 
i. Tort - General
Forms
ii. International Torts
Forms
iii. Privacy (Law)
Forms
iv. Libel & Slander
Forms
v. Liability without Fault
Forms
vi. Nuisance (Law)
Forms
vii. Negligence (Law)
Forms
(1) Comparative Negligence
Forms
(2) Professional Negligence
Forms
viii. Personal Injuries (Law)
Forms
ix. Product Liability (Law
Forms
Social Sciences Division
A. Social Sciences - General
Forms

Applied Interdisciplinary Social Studies Division
A. Sociology of Youth Division
 
i. Juvenile Delinquency
Books
B. Sociology of Crime
Books
C. Crime & Criminals Division
 
i. Crime and Criminals - General
Books
ii. Police and Police Administration Division
 
(1) Police and Police Administration - General
Books
(2) Police and Society
Books
(3) Police Duty
Books
(4) Juvenile Police Work
Books
(5) National Police
Books
(6) Private Police
Books
iii. Criminal Investigation Division
 
(1) Criminal Investigation - General
Books
(2) Criminal Investigation Technology
Books
(3) Investigation of Specific Crimes
Books
iv. Crime Prevention
Books
v. Penology Division
Books
(1) Penology - General
Books
(2) Parole and Probation
Books
(3) Corrections
Books
(4) Prisons and Prison Life
Books
(5) Prison Psychology
Books
(6) Penal Reform
Books
(7) False Imprisonment
Books
(8) Political Prisoners
Books
vi. Crime and Offenses Division
Books
(1) Crime and Offenses - General
Books
(2) Terrorism
Books
(3) Homicide
Books
(4) Assassination
Books
(5) Suicide
Books
(6) Larceny
Books
(7) Child Abuse
Books
(8) Kidnapping
Books
(9) Vandalism
Books
(10) Assault & Battery
Books
(11) Arson
Books
(12) Embezzlement
Books
(13) Extortion
Books
(14) Computer Crimes
Books
(15) Sex Crimes
Forms
(16) Forgery
Books
(17) Counterfeiting
Books
(18) Smuggling
Books
(19) Drug Crimes
Books
(20) Gambling
Books
(21) Traffic Crimes
Books
(22) Fraud
Books
(23) Misdemeanors
Books
(24) Juvenile Delinquency
Books
(25) Crimes Against State
Books
(26) Other Specific Crimes
Books
vii. White Collar Crimes
Books
viii. Victims of Crimes
Books
ix. Victimless Crimes
Books
x. Organized Crime
Books
xi. Capital Punishment
Books
D. Drug Use and Abuse
Books
E. Smoking
Books
F. Alcohol Problem
Books
G. Sociology of Youth Division
 
i. Crime Prevention
Forms
a. Personal Safety
Forms
b. Home Security
Forms