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Background information: Criminology information resources

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  • Oxford Bibliographies Online lists key readings on a wide range of specific Criminology topics. This is an excellent way to become immersed in your topic, including Criminology theories.


  • The Sage Dictionary of Criminology. 2006. [print]



Encyclopedias will provide you with a foundational overview of your topic before you start researching and writing.

There are encyclopedias published on almost every topic. Find encyclopedias in the Catalogue by doing a keyword search for encyclopedia + your topic. For instance, a search for encyclopedia white collar yields these encyclopedias on white collar crime.