Criminal Justice Study Guide

The type of resource below is a list of authoritative sources available on this topic, such as books available at the NCTC Libraries and Internet resources.


Search the Catalog. Use the NCTC Library catalog to search all NCTC campuses for books, DVDs, and more. Search by keyword, subject, series, title, or author. The call number and location indicate where the item is located.

Suggested Search Terms

  • Criminal Law
  • Death Penalty
  • Drug Abuse
  • Firearms
  • Forensics
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Organized Crime
  • Parole
  • Policing
  • Prisons
  • Probation


NCTC provides subscriptions to thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers and other credible sources of information through research databases.

Note: These links only work ON-CAMPUS. To access the databases off-campus, go the Library Databases page within MyNCTC.

Suggested Databases

Academic Search Complete
This scholarly collection offers full-text coverage in many areas of academic study including criminal justice, forensic sciences, and legal studies.

Gale OneFile: News
This full-text newspaper resource contains news articles on recent events, including changes to the law, reliable reporting on criminal activity, and more.

Legal Collection
The Legal Collection offers information centered on the discipline of law and legal topics such as criminal justice, international law, federal law, organized crime, and much more.

Military & Government Collection
This database is designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government. It includes publications relevant to criminal justice studies like FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Policing & Society, and Corrections Today.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Opposing Viewpoints covers topical social issues that are hotly debated, among them many in the field of criminal justice.

Internet Resources

The Crime Report
The Crime Report is the only comprehensive news service in the U.S. that covers the diverse issues and challenges in criminal justice in our nation and abroad. Staffed by award-winning journalists, The Crime Report includes investigative reporting, analysis, and reports on cutting-edge research.

Crime Solutions
Crime Solutions is a website for finding corrections programs and law enforcement practices. Crime Solutions uses research to rate the effectiveness of these programs and practices. Topics covered include victims' services, substance abuse, reentry programs, and more. Crime Solutions is maintained by the National Institute of Justice.

Death Penalty Information Center
The Death Penalty Information Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing analysis and information on the issues surrounding capital punishment. The DPIC website includes state-by-state information, national statistics, an execution database, and information on upcoming executions.

Interpol is the world's largest international police organization, comprised of 190 member countries. The Interpol website is an excellent source for information on large-scale crimes like money laundering, art theft, maritime piracy, and human trafficking.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data provides free access to current and historical crime statistics. Among the data sets provided you will find statistics on capital punishment, homicide, law enforcement management, and juvenile corrections.

National Institute of Justice: Forensic Sciences
The National Institute of Justice's Forensic Sciences web page provides an introduction to the field of forensics. You will find information on DNA technology, toxicology, crime lab operations, trace evidence, and more.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
RAINN is a national non-profit organization that helps victims of sexual abuse. You can find statistics, federal and state laws, and information on specific court cases. RAINN also offers help to those in need via their national sexual assault hotline.

SCOTUSblog (Supreme Court of the United States Blog)
The SCOTUSblog is a great resource for timely information on current and future Supreme Court Cases. In addition to blog posts, SCOTUSblog provides important statistics, videos, a list of court cases that have petitioned the Supreme Court, and a section called "Plain English" where the blog authors get rid of the "legalese" and break down Supreme Court cases into terms everyone can understand.

Uniform Crime Reports
The Uniform Crime Reports website provides data from state and local law enforcement officers across the United States. Uniform Crime Reports are maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.