Background information: Criminology information resources

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Research Methodolodies

Key Texts


  • 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.


Encyclopedias will provide you with a foundational overview of your topic before you start researching more deeply, and entries may provide citations to seminal sources.

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.