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Encyclopedias: Criminal Justice

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Crime and Punishment: Essential Primary Sources [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries with "full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context."

Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides comprehensive coverage of "concepts and theories; correction; law; crimes; methods and statistics; national surveys; organizations; police science; and social and cultural context." An electronic version of the 4 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides essays on cutting-edge research as well as concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools, and figures. Topics include contexts and concepts in criminological theory, the social construction of crime, policy implications of theory, diversity and intercultural contexts, conflict theory, rational choice theories, conservative criminology, feminist theory, and more.

Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse [Rutgers Restricted]
Although this volume is focused on domestic abuse, entries cover topics relevant to broader human rights issues that disproportionately impact women.

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity [Rutgers Restricted]
"Spans the globe to explain the issues behind crimes against humanity and human rights issues as they relate to individual countries and the world at large. It traces the history of events that qualify as genocide and crimes against humanity, profiles perpetrators and heroes, and explains international laws and law proceedings aimed at ending genocide and crimes against humanity. It also delves into depictions and manifestations of the phenomenon, such as propaganda, sociological and philosophical explanations, literature and film." Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides information "about different forms of interpersonal violence, their incidence and prevalence, theoretical explanations, public policy initiatives, and prevention and intervention strategies." Electronic version of the two volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers "historical and contemporary theories, concepts, and real-world practices of juvenile justice in the United States. The entries address a broad range of issues and topics, such as alcohol and drug abuse, arson, the death penalty for juveniles, computer and Internet crime, gun violence, gangs, missing children, school violence, teen pregnancy, and delinquency theories." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides a comprehensive, critical, and descriptive examination of all facets of law enforcement on the state and local, federal and national, and international stages. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime [Rutgers Restricted]
Broad coverage of issues "from the types of murder and violent crime and infamous perpetrators to motivation, profiling, deterrence, investigation, and punishment" with "contributors in the fields of criminology, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, and anthropology." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities [Rutgers Restricted]
Contains biographies, articles describing important legal statutes, and detailed and authoritative descriptions of the major prisons in the United States. Comparative data and examples are employed to analyze the American system within an international context. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Race and Crime [Rutgers Restricted]
"A comprehensive compilation of relevant facts and information on topics related to race and crime and the crime and justice experiences of racial/ethnic groups in the United States."

Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse [Rutgers Restricted]
An online version of the print Sexual Violence and Abuse: an Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery, this encyclopedia covers "a wide range of topics ranging from understanding how sexual violence and abuse is defined to how it affects victims, perpetrators, and communities. The encyclopedia also includes information on how to become involved as well as further references (books and articles) and websites for additional information."

Encyclopedia of Terrorism [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides detailed discussions of the who, what, where, when, and why of terrorism. Up-to-date and timely, the articles cover such topics as Al-Qaeda, biological terrorism, extremism, Saddam Hussein, jihad, Zacarias Moussaoui, and suicide bombers. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime & Justice [Rutgers Restricted]
Addresses the justice aspect as well as the criminal side of the equation. Not only does it define, describe, and chart the crimes and criminal activity; it also includes significant coverage of the policing of those crimes and their prosecution within domestic and international court systems.

Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace & Conflict [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides information about antagonism and reconciliation in all contexts of public and personal life. Covers topics such as arms control, peace movements, child abuse, folklore, terrorism and political assassinations.

Encyclopedia of White-Collar & Corporate Crime [Rutgers Restricted]
Gathers history, definitions, examples, investigation, prosecution, assessments, challenges, and projections into a single reference work. Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.

9/11 Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
Aims to "present to the reader a comprehensive look at all aspects of September 11" including coverage of the people, events, timeline, aftermath, and even the various conspiracy theories. Some primary documents are also included.

Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence
"A regularly updated electronic database focusing on massacres and genocides of the 20th century. Resources provided include chronological indexes, case studies, analytical contributions on socio-political violence in a given country, a glossary of the terms most often used in the field of genocide studies as well as theoretical papers written by the most representative authors in the field."

Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries with "full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context."

21st Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides straightforward and definitive overviews of nearly 100 key topics comprising traditional criminology and its more modern outgrowths.

World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems [Rutgers Restricted]
Describes the national law enforcement and correctional systems of more than 195 countries across the globe. Electronic version of the 2 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.