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Criminology: Home

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying criminology at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about books and online resources for criminology, including ebooks, ejournals and bibliographic databases.

Finding books for criminology

Oxford has a wide range of ebooks for criminology and printed books. The print collection is shared between the Bodleian Social Science Library (OX1 3UQ) and the Bodleian Law Library (OX1 3UR) - which are in adjacent buildings. For more detailed information about our book collections visit the books page of this guide.

For getting an initial sense of the subject, the following book can be read online by holders of an Oxford SSO, while a print copy is available in the Bodleian Law Library for holders of a Bodleian Reader's Card.

For those at the research level, below is one example of the resources (both online and in print) available to support your studies

Key journals

A lot of journals, as well as being available in print, are available electronically and can be searched via SOLO or eJournals A-Z. Below are a couple of the top journals but you can find a longer list on the journals page of this guide, along with online indexing and abstracting tools to help you discover articles published in them.

Key databases

Oxford subscribes to many bibliographic databases. They can be used to locate journal articles, conference proceedings, books, patents, images, data and more. You can find some of the key bibliographic databases for criminology below, but take a look at the databases page of this guide for more titles. For databases of statistics, please see the statistics page for guidance. If you would like to see what legal databases are available to Oxford students and faculty, the descriptive A-Z linked list available on a Law Library webpage is the quickest way to discover them.