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Best Databases

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Texts

This comprehensive database includes full text and bibliographic records of leading journals in the criminal justice field. Covering a wide range of topics, it is an essential collection for students and scholars researching criminal justice and criminology.

HeinOnline (On trial until 3/12/2018)

HeinOnline is a premier online database containing more than 150 million pages and 160,000 titles of legal history and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format. HeinOnline bridges the gap in historical research by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,400 law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of law journals, HeinOnline contains the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and much more.

LexisNexis

Search both United States and international newspapers, television & radio transcripts, wire services.

CQ Researcher

The CQ Researcher is an excellent source on the most critical events and controversial subjects of the day. Each of the 44 weekly issues offers a balanced, in-depth analysis of a contemporary topic by a veteran journalist, pro and con arguments by experts, a chronology, and annotated bibliographies to guide additional research. The CQ Researcher reports on important issues in a wide range of areas including social, economic, political, and environmental policy.

Military & Government Collection

Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

This database has limited full text coverage. The NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Reference Service) database covers all aspects of law enforcement and criminal justice including: police; courts; corrections; juvenile justice; community crime prevention; criminal justice system; fraud, waste, and abuse in government programs. Cited documents include both U.S. and international research reports, published papers, books, articles, and audio-visual presentations. Topic coverage ranges from preliminary research to detailed descriptions of successful programs. Coverage Dates: 1972 to present. This can also be Searched by Subject.

World Geography and Culture Online

This database takes a global approach to facilitate the study of countries, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills. This comprehensive resource makes it easy to study all aspects of a country - from its geography and physical features to its government, people, and society - providing both facts at a glance and in-depth coverage through country entries, maps, flags, images, statistics, news articles, a gazetteer, and more. In addition to country-specific information, this accessible online resource includes a special feature illustrating basic geographical concepts, tools to compare and rank countries, a useful geography glossary, a handy conversion calculator, and a currency converter, as well as information on U.S. states. Gateway pages for the gazetteer and for geography concepts and principles offer users a convenient way to discover geographical information.

Other Resources

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for nearly 4,650 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

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Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is a source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's English language journals and reference sources. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, & millions of full text articles available in both PDF and HTML.

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Films On Demand

Contains over 20,000 academic videos available for streaming. Watch full-length videos or one of over 231,000 video segments grouped by subject: Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Mathematics, Health & Medicine. Films on Demand also offers videos about careers. 

Kanopy Streaming

Kanopy is a leading distributor of educational videos. Major subjects covered include the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education. Users can search, browse and stream videos. 

American Jurisprudence

American Jurisprudence, Second Edition, published by The Lawyers' CooperativePublishing Company, is an encyclopedic text of American law, state, federal,criminal, civil and procedural. This source sumarizes the broad principles of American law and, at the same time, provide direct leads to supporting cases, related annotations, forms,proofs, and trial techniques. Alphabetically arranged in more than 400 topics or chapters.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law

Provides current information on more than 5,000 legal topics. Includes completely revised articles covering important issues, biographies, definitions of legal terms and more. Covers such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, and physician-assisted suicide.

HCC Online Catalog

Most of HCC's online books are linked from the online catalog. The catalog also includes physical items in the library: reference books, circulating books, music, dvds, audio books, and other media. You may also use the online catalog to search for items in your public library.

Commonwealth eBook Collection

A collection of books available to all the residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Includes over 120,000 academic books as well as bestsellers, popular fiction, and primary historical documents.  Search the general collection in the above link or just the academic books in EBL (login required).

Ebrary (now named Ebook Central)

This is a collection of over 100,000 books online.

EBSCO e-books

A growing collection of over 110,000 e-books that can be read online or with the EBSCO eBooks App

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Simultaneously search through more than 200 encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Overdrive Digital Catalog

Overdrive Digital Catalog offers hundreds of audiobooks, ebooks, and videos. Browse and search popular titles and download them to your computer (Mac and PC), transfer them to your portable device (Nook, Sony Reader, iPhone, and others), or burn them onto CDs for reading and listening anywhere, anytime. 

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Bureau of Justice Statistics

National and state statistics related to justice agencies and crime.

Federal Digital System (FDsys) from the U.S. Government Printing Office

This database provides access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies including: files submitted by Congress and Federal agencies; information gathered from Federal agencies' web sites; and digital files created by scanning previously printed publications.

Uniform Crime Reports

Summarizes crime statistics in the United States and is published by the FBI. Includes the publications: Crime in the United States, Hate Crime Statistics, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted.

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