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E/M 105: Economics of Crime

January 2012
The Research Process

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Jon Halvorson
Librarian: Michelle Twait

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Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. These specialized encyclopedias provide overviews of topics, giving you both a sense of the scope of the topic and good search terms! Some reference books also have suggestions for further reading; locate these books and articles to use as sources in your paper.
  • Atlas of Crime: Mapping the Criminal Landscape
    In addition to maps of crimes of violence, property crimes, family violence, organized crime, and criminal justice topics, this volume offers insight into the uses of geographic information systems in analysis of criminal activity.
    • Location(s): Ref HV 6783 .A85 2000
  • CQ Researcher
    In-depth, analytical reporting on the most current and controversial issues of the day. Published by Congressional Quarterly, with its tradition of nonpartisan reporting and analysis, each CQ Researcher presents a balanced account of an issue on the public agenda. The objective, forward-looking reporting that characterizes these articles is designed to encourage discussion, to help readers think critically and to facilitate further research.
    • Location(s): Ref H 35 .E352 [year]
  • Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties
    Articles in this set offer a particular view of American politics and law. Its nearly 1,500 entries cover important legal cases as well as issues such as abortion, assisted suicide, line-ups, and flag burning, as well as historically significant topics from Zenger to Abu Graib.
    • Location(s): Ref KF 4747.5 .E53 2006
  • Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
    Covers issues in law, criminology, and sociology; includes references to classic studies and recent research for further digging. Though the focus tends to emphasis the US, international perspectives are included. One of the best sources available for overall coverage of the field.
    • Location(s): Ref HV 6017 .E52 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior
    Covers history and theory, crime, sexual deviance, and self-destructive behaviors in substantial, scholarly essays.
    • Location(s): Ref HV 6017 .E53 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Understanding Alcohol and Other Drugs
    1,500 A-Z entries covering a wide range of biological, medical, psychological, legal, social, and economic data.
    • Location(s): Ref HV5017 .O37 1999
  • New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law
    Covers such topics as antitrust, cartels, contracts, civil procedure, theories of economics with legal import, taxation, securities regulation, property rights, and so on, in depth. Each article is followed by a bibliography which includes, when relevant, cases and statutes.
    • Location(s): Ref K 487 .E3 N48 1998
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus

    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All MnPALS Libraries" under "Library to Search" to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary loan. See our Guide to MnPALS for instructions. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic.
Finding Articles
Databases for articles and other materials offer references to publications that may or may not be in this library; some databases offer full text of articles and others simply citations. There are in-depth databases that cover publications in a particular field and others that are interdisciplinary. You can access databases from a drop-down list on the library's main page.
  • Academic Search Premier,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
  • Business Source Premier,uid&profile=bsi

    Full-text coverage to more than 2,800 scholarly journals and trade publications in business, economics, political science and public administration. Selected Datamonitor company reports and EIU country documents are also available. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • EconLit,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ecn

    The EconLit database, produced by the Journal of Economic Literature, includes subject indexing and abstracts to 685 journals, books, dissertations, and working papers in the field of economics and allied disciplines.

    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
  • LexisNexis Academic

    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
  • NCJRS Abstracts Database

    This freely accessible database is maintained by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, a "federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide." It includes abstracts (but not full text) of nearly 200,000 documents and journal articles relating to corrections, courts, crime prevention, criminology, drugs, juveniles, law enforcement, criminal justice statistics, technology, and victims.
  • Points of View Reference Center,uid&site=pov

    This full-text database is designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database profiles over 250 topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint, and Critical Thinking Guide. Topics are supported by the main essays, articles from leading political magazines, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents (including videos) and reference sources. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).

    Technical note: If you have problems viewing video from Gustavus computers, you may want to download and install the Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin.
  • SAGE Premier

    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
Finding Journals
  • Journal Locator

    Find out if we subscribe to a particular journal, either online or in print. Paper copies of journals are located in the lower level of the library. If a journal is not available in print or full text at Gustavus, you may request copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan.
Finding Statistics
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight

    Includes summaries of statistical publications and searches and displays tables of statistical data. Statistical Insight includes links to the full-text of selected publications and government web sites, including the information contained in the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
  • Uniform Crime Reports

    An annual compilation of crime data in the US compiled by the FBI.
Interlibrary Loan

We can order books and articles from other libraries if you need something we don't have.

Other Helpful Resources
  • Off-Campus Access

    Instructions for accessing article databases from off-campus. No matter where you are, as long as you have access to an Internet connection and you can get to our library website, you can use most of our online databases.
  • Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade

    Provides criteria for distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazine, and trade publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
Contacting Michelle
I am happy to discuss your research questions with you. Contact me via e-mail at or call me at x7563.

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