Criminology and Criminal Justice: Background and Facts

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Why background?

Background sources  (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.) provide well established summary and factual information. Useful for:

  • basic concepts and established viewpoints
  • historical context and relationships to other topics
  • specialized terms and definitions
  • data, facts, formulas

Encyclopedias

Online Reference Collections

Use these collections of online reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries ...) to:

–  Find background information on topics
–  Focus your topic
–  Find alternate keywords for your article searching.