National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database

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The database contains abstracts of more than 200,000 justice publications, including Federal, State and Local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, documents and unpublished research on a wide range of criminal justice topics. Subject areas include corrections, courts, drugs, law enforcement, juvenile justice, crime statistics, domestic preparedness, and victims. Citations and abstracts are provided, and in some cases there are links to the full-text of the item.


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Dates covered


Updating frequency

Weekly. The weekly list of additions can be found here.


Government and research reports, books, journal articles. A list of journals indexed is available here.

Type of coverage

Indexing with citations and abstracts. A subset of records have links to the full-text. Please check the for access to other items.

Print counterpart or
related resources


Producer/content provider

U.S. Department of Justice

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

U.S. Department of Justice

Core Subject(s)

Supplementary Subject(s)