Criminal Justice Subject Guide

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Criminal Justice Subject Guide Contents


Magnifying glassScope and Introduction

Getting Started

Reference Resources

Research Guides

Electronic Databases & Indexes

Journal Titles

Related Subject Guides

Criminology & Criminal Justice Related Web Sites


Scope & Introduction




This research guide is an introduction to the sources on Criminal Justice available at the Charles W. Chesnutt Library.  The guide serves as a starting point to aid students and faculty researching topics in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University.



Introduction to Criminology & Criminal Justice:

Criminology & Criminal Justice is the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the justice system. It includes the study of individual, group, and mass behavior, as well as the institutions, professions, and laws that exist to detect, control, and ameliorate the effects of crime. 


Criminology & Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary field that touches on other social science disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and government.  It encompasses public policy, law enforcement, criminal courts, prisons, and crime victims.


The American Criminal Justice System is composed of police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice at the local, state, and federal levels. These components function separately and together, with the majority of activities occurring at the local level.


-    POLICE SYSTEM - law enforcement at all levels of government.

-    CORRECTIONS - includes correctional and probation officers.

-    JUVENILE JUSTICE - police agencies, courts, correctional programs.

-    SECURITY - private and industrial security.

-    COURTS - understanding the court system and important cases in criminal justice.

-    VICTIMS - understanding the effects of crime victimization and treatment of victims by criminal justice and other social service agencies.



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