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Criminal Justice Research Guide

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Selected Search Terms for Criminal Justice

These sample search terms can be used for inspiration in picking a topic, or for brainstorming possible terms to search for in databases or the library catalog. It's important to think about synonyms when searching. Use these as a jumping off point.

Corrections

  • Correctional Institutions
  • Detention Facilities
  • Imprisoment

Gangs

  • Gang
  • Gang Membership
  • Gang Prevention
  • Metropolitan Areas
  • Youth Gangs

Police and Legal Issues

  • Arrest (Police Methods)
  • Black Police Associations
  • Community Policing
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Criminal Justice Personnel
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Discrimination in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Discrimination in Law Enforcement
  • Hate Crime Investigation
  • Hate Crimes
  • Judicial Process
  • Juvemile Courts
  • Law and Legislation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Status
  • Other Justice, Public Order, and Safety Activities
  • Police
  • Police Protection
  • Prison Sentences
  • Punishment
  • Restorative Justice
  • Sentences (Criminal Procedure)
  • Victims of Crime

Race Relations

  • African American Criminals
  • African American Prisoners
  • Blacks - United States
  • Civil Rights Race Discrimination
  • Crime AND Race
  • Cultural Competency
  • Cultural Relations
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Equality
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Ethnicity
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Minorities
  • Minorities - Crimes Against
  • Minority College Students
  • Multiculturalism
  • Racial Bias
  • Racial Differences
  • Racial Inequality
  • Racial Minorities
  • Racial Profiling
  • Racism
  • Social Justice
  • Victims of Crime

Social Issues

  • Civil Society
  • Criminal personality
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Justice - Social Aspects
  • Social Conditions
  • Social Control
  • Social Groups
  • Social Integration
  • Social Problems
  • Social Values
  • Victims of Crime

Theories

  • Activity Theory
  • Attachment Theory
  • Behavior Change Theory
  • Co-Cultural Theory
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Culture Based Theories
  • Deterence Theory
  • Differential Association Theory
  • Grounded Theory
  • GroupThink Theory
  • Hirschi's Self Control
  • Justice Theory
  • Minority Group-Threat
  • Minority-Threat
  • Planned Behavior Theory
  • Problem Behavior Theory
  • Self-Determination Theory
  • Social Learning Theory
  • Social Network Theory
  • Socialization Theory
  • Strain Theory
  • Temporal Crime Theory
  • Yochelson-Samenow's Theory

Women

  • Femal Offender
  • Gender
  • Women Prisoners

Youth

  • Adolescence
  • Adolescents
  • Adulthood
  • Juvenile and Adult Offenders
  • Juvenile Courts
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Minority Offenders
  • Young Adults
  • Youth Development

Corrections

  • Afro-American prisoners
  • Aged offenders
  • Aged prisoners
  • Alternatives to imprisonment
  • Amnesty
  • Arrest
  • Arts in prisons
  • Bail
  • Bail bondsmen
  • Capital punishment
  • Capital punishment--Religious aspects
  • Chaplains, Prison
  • Children of prisoners
  • Children of women prisoners
  • Clemency
  • Collective bargaining--Correctional institutions
  • Community-based corrections
  • Community-based corrections--Evaluation
  • Community-based corrections--Law and legislation
  • Community service punishment
  • Conjugal visits
  • Convict Labor
  • Convict ships
  • Correctional institutions
  • Correctional institutions--Design and construction
  • Correctional institutions--Fires and fire prevention
  • Correctional institutions--Health aspects
  • Correctional institutions--Law and legislation
  • Correctional institutions--Planning
  • Correctional issues
  • Correctional law
  • Correctional personnel
  • Correctional personnel--Assaults against
  • Correctional personnel--Attitudes
  • Correctional personnel--Job stress
  • Correctional personnel--Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Correctional personnel--Malpractice
  • Correctional personnel--Training of
  • Correctional psychology
  • Corrections
  • Corrections--Administration
  • Corrections--Contracting out
  • Corrections--Dataprocessing
  • Corrections--Evaluation
  • Corrections--Government policy
  • Corrections--History
  • Corrections--Philosophy
  • Corrections--Research
  • Criminal anthropology
  • Criminals--Rehabilitation
  • Death row
  • Deinstitutionalization
  • Delinquent girls
  • Detention of persons
  • Discrimination in capital punishment
  • Early release programs
  • Electrocution
  • Electronic monitoring of parolees and probationers
  • Escapes
  • Ex-convicts
  • Ex-convicts--Econimic conditions
  • Ex-convicts--Employment
  • Ex-convicts--Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Ex-convicts--Psycology
  • Ex-convicts--Rehabilitation
  • Ex-convicts--Services for
  • Ex-convicts--Suffrage
  • Executions and executioners
  • Exile punishment
  • False arrest
  • False imprisonment
  • Female offenders
  • Female offenders--Attitudes
  • Female offenders--Biography
  • Female offenders--Drug use
  • Female offenders--Rehabilitation
  • Fines (Penalties)
  • Forgiveness
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Galleys
  • Gas chambers
  • Grievance procedures for prisoners
  • Halfway houses
  • Hanging
  • Hispanic American prisoners
  • Home detention
  • Imprisonment
  • Imprisonment--Cross-cultural studies
  • Imprisonment--Government studies
  • Imprisonment--Moral and ethical aspects
  • Imprisonment--Philosophy
  • Imprisonment--Psychological aspects
  • Imprisonment--Religious aspects
  • Imprisonment--Social Aspects
  • Imprisonment in literature
  • Indeterminate sentences
  • Information storage and retrieval systems--Corrections
  • Inmate guards
  • Inmates of institutions
  • Insane--Commitment and detention
  • Intensive probation
  • Intermittent sentences
  • Interviewing in corrections
  • Jails
  • Jails--Desing and construction
  • Jails--Law and legislation
  • Jails--Overcrowding
  • Jails--Social aspects
  • Jails--Standards
  • Journalism, Prison
  • Juvenile corrections
  • Juvenile delinquents--Counseling of
  • Juvenile delinquents--Deinstitutionalization
  • Juvenile delinquents--Drug use
  • Juvenile delinquents--Education
  • Juvenile delinquents--Family relationships
  • Juvenile delinquents--Government policy
  • Juvenile delinquents--Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Juvenile delinquents--Mental health
  • Juvenile delinquents--Psychology
  • Juvenile delinquents--Rehabilitation
  • Juvenile detention
  • Juvenile detention homes
  • Juvenile parole
  • Juvenile probation
  • Juvenile recidivists
  • Last meal before execution
  • Legal assistance to prisoners
  • Life imprisonment
  • Mandatory sentences
  • Mexican American prisoners
  • Military prisons
  • Music in prisons
  • Open prisons
  • Pardon
  • Parole
  • Parole officers
  • Penal colonies
  • Police supervision
  • Political prisoners
  • Pre-release progrmas for prisoners
  • Pre-sentence investigation reports
  • Pre-trial intervention
  • Pre-trial release
  • Pre-trial service agents
  • Preventative detention
  • Prison administration
  • Prison contraband
  • Prison discipline
  • Prison films
  • Prison furloughs
  • Prison  furloughs--Law and legislation
  • Prison gangs
  • Prison homicide
  • Prison hospitals
  • Prison hulks
  • Prison industries
  • Prison libraries
  • Prison periodicals
  • Prison psychology
  • Prison reformers
  • Prison release gratuities
  • Prison riots
  • Prison sentences
  • Prison theater
  • Prison violence
  • Prison visits
  • Prison wardens
  • Prisoners
  • Prisoners--Alcohol use
  • Prisoners--Attitudes
  • Prisoners--Biography
  • Prisoners--Civil rights
  • Prisoners--Classification
  • Prisoners--Correspondence
  • Prisoners--Counseling of
  • Prisoners--Death
  • Prisoners--Deinstitutionalization
  • Prisoners--Diseases
  • Prisoners--Drug use
  • Prisoners--Education
  • Prisoners--Family relationships
  • Prisoners--Health risk assessment
  • Prisoners--Law and legislation
  • Prisoners--Lega status, laws, etc.
  • Prisoners--Medical care
  • Prisoners--Mental health
  • Prisoners--Mortality
  • Prisoners--Personal narratives
  • Prisoners--Recreation
  • Prisoners--Religious life
  • Prisoners--Services for
  • Prisoners--Sexual behavior
  • Prisoners--Songs and music
  • Prisoners--Statistics
  • Prisoners--Substance use
  • Prisoners--Suicidal behavior
  • Prisoners--Vocational education
  • Prisoners, Foreign
  • Prisoners, Transportation of
  • Prisoners as artists
  • Prisoners as authors
  • Prisoners' families
  • Prisoners in literature
  • Prisoners in popular culture
  • Prisoners' songs
  • Prisoners' spouses
  • Prisoners' writings
  • Prisons
  • Prisons--Accounting
  • Prisons--Case studies
  • Prisons--Comparative studies
  • Prisons--Costs
  • Prisons--Cross-cultural studies
  • Prisons--Design and constructions
  • Prisons--Drama
  • Prisons--Finance
  • Prisons--Food service
  • Prisons--Government policy
  • Prisons--History
  • Prisons--Law and legislation
  • Prisons--Missions and charities
  • Prisons--Officials and employees
  • Prisons--Overcrowding
  • Prisons--Periodicals
  • Prisons--Poetry
  • Prisons--Sanitation
  • Prisons--Security measures
  • Prisons--Standards
  • Prisons--Statistics
  • Prisons, Coeducational
  • Prisons and race relations
  • Probation
  • Probation officers
  • Punishment
  • Punishment in crime deterrence
  • Recidivism
  • Recidivists
  • Reformatories
  • Reformatories for women
  • Religious work with prisoners
  • Reparation
  • Restraint of prisoners
  • Sentences (Criminal procedure)
  • Shock incarceration
  • Social work with criminals
  • Social work with juvenile delinquents
  • Solitary confinement
  • Speedy trial
  • Stoning
  • Surety of peace
  • Volunteer workers in corrections
  • Women correctional personnel
  • Women ex-convicts
  • Women political prisoners
  • Women prisoners
  • Women prisoners--Sexual behavior
  • Work release of prisoners
  • Work release of prisoners--Law and legislation
  • Workhouses

Crime and Criminals

  • Abduction
  • Abused aged
  • Abused children
  • Abused gay men
  • Abused husbands
  • Abused lesbians
  • Abused men
  • Abused parents
  • Abused wives
  • Acquaintence rape
  • Admissions (Law)
  • Adult child abuse victims
  • Adult child sexual abuse victims
  • Aerosol sniffing
  • Afro-American criminals
  • Afro-American outlaws
  • Afro-Americans--Crimes against
  • Aged--Abuse of
  • Aged--Crimes against
  • Aged offenders
  • Alcoholism and crime
  • Alien criminals
  • Arson
  • Art--Forgeries
  • Art thefts
  • Asian American criminals
  • Assassination
  • Assault and battery
  • Assault rifles
  • Assault weapons
  • Athletes--Drug use
  • Automobile theft
  • Bank robberies
  • Bombings
  • Bribery
  • Brigands and robbers
  • Burglary
  • Burglary protection
  • Campus violence
  • Cargo theft
  • Carjacking
  • Casinos
  • Catholic criminals
  • Child abuse
  • Child prostitution
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Children and violence
  • Children of abused wives
  • Children of prostitutes
  • Chinese American criminals
  • Church work with criminals
  • Citizen crime reporting
  • Cocaine industry
  • Commercial crimes
  • Competency to stand trial
  • Computer crimes
  • Computer hackers
  • Confession (Law)
  • Conjugal violence
  • Corporations--Corrupt practices
  • Credit card fraud
  • Crime
  • Crime--Classification
  • Crime--Cross-cultural studies
  • Crime--Economic aspects
  • Crime--Fiction
  • Crime--History
  • Crime--Political aspects
  • Crime--Regional disparities
  • Crime--Religious aspects
  • Crime--Research
  • Crime--Seasonal variations
  • Crime--Sex differences
  • Crime--Sociological aspects
  • Crime analysis
  • Crime and age
  • Crime and superstition
  • Crime and the press
  • Crime and weather
  • Crime concern
  • Crime forecasting
  • Crime in America
  • Crime in literature
  • Crime in mass media
  • Crime in public housing
  • Crime in television
  • Crime in the bible
  • Crime laboratories
  • Crime prevention
  • Crime prevention--Citizen participation
  • Crime prevention--Government policy
  • Crime prevention--Optical equipment
  • Crime prevention--Youth participation
  • Crime prevention and architectural design
  • Crime stoppers programs
  • Crime writing
  • Crimes aboard aircraft
  • Crimes aboard buses
  • Crimes of passion
  • Crimes without victims
  • Criminal act
  • Criminal anthropology
  • Criminal behavior
  • Criminal behavior--Genetic aspects
  • Criminal behavior, Prediction of
  • Criminal courts
  • Criminal intent
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Criminal justice, Administration of--Planning
  • Criminal law
  • Criminal methods
  • Criminal psychology
  • Criminal registers
  • Criminal statistics
  • Criminal syndicalism
  • Criminals
  • Criminals--Alcohol use
  • Criminals--Biography
  • Criminals--Drug use
  • Criminals--Identification
  • Criminals--Rehabilitation
  • Criminals in literature
  • Criminology
  • Dating violence
  • Decriminalization
  • Delinquent girls
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Doping in horse racing
  • Doping in sports
  • Drinking and traffic accidents
  • Drug abuse
  • Drug abuse and crime
  • Drug legalization
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Drug traffic
  • Drunk driving
  • Education and crime
  • Electronics in crime prevention
  • Embezzlement
  • Employee crimes
  • Employee theft
  • Escapes
  • Euthanasia
  • Exhibitionism
  • Extortion
  • False imprisonment
  • Family violence
  • Family violence in literature
  • Fear of crime
  • Female offenders
  • Firearms--Use in crime prevention
  • Forensic sciences
  • Forgers
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Free press and fair trial
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Gambling
  • Gang members
  • Gang rape
  • Gangs
  • Gangster films
  • Gangsters
  • Graffiti
  • Handicapped--Abuse of
  • Hate crimes
  • Heroin industry
  • Hispanic American criminals
  • Homicide
  • Homicide--Psychological aspects
  • Homicide investigation
  • Hoodlums
  • Hostage negotiations
  • Hostages
  • Husband abuse
  • Hypnotism and crime
  • Illegitimacy and crime
  • Imposters and imposture
  • Incest
  • Incest victims
  • Indecent assault
  • Indecent exposure
  • Indians of North America--Crime
  • Infanticide
  • Information storage and retrieval systems--Crime and criminals
  • Informers
  • Insane, Criminal and dangerous
  • International offenses
  • Intravenous deug abuse
  • Irish American criminals
  • Jewel thieves
  • Jewish criminals
  • Judicial corruption
  • Justifiable homicide
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Juvenile delinquency--Government policy
  • Juvenile delinquency--Prevention
  • Juvenile delinquency--Research
  • Juvenile delinquency--Sex differences
  • Juvenile delinquents
  • Juvenile delinquents--Attitudes
  • Juvenile delinquents--Deinstitutionalization
  • Juvenile delinquents--Drug use
  • Juvenile delinquents--Education
  • Juvenile delinquents--Family relationships
  • Juvenile delinquents--Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Juvenile delinquents--Psychology
  • Juvenile delinquents--Rehabilitation
  • Juvenile delinquents--Services for
  • Juvenile homicide
  • Juvenile justice, Administration of
  • Larceny
  • Local transit crime
  • Lynching
  • Mafia
  • Mail bombings
  • Male prostitutes
  • Male rape
  • Male rape victims
  • Mass murder
  • Medellin cartel
  • Mentally handicapped--Abuse of
  • Mentally handicapped and crime
  • Mentally handicapped offenders
  • Mentally ill--Abuse of
  • Mexican American criminals
  • Military offenses
  • Money laundering investigation
  • Mugging
  • Murder
  • Murder victims
  • Murderers
  • Narcotics--Psysiological effect
  • Narcotics, Control of
  • Narcotics and crime
  • Narcotics and youth
  • Narcotics dealers
  • Nursing home patients--Abuse of
  • Occasional criminals
  • Occult crime
  • Occultism and criminal investigation
  • Offenses against property
  • Offenses against the environment
  • Offenses against the person
  • Organized crime
  • Organized crime--Prevention
  • Outlaws
  • Parapsychology and crime
  • Parents of sexually abused children
  • Parricide
  • Physically handicapped and crime
  • Pickpockets
  • Pimps
  • Poisining
  • Political corruption
  • Political crimes and offenses
  • Political violence
  • Prostitutes
  • Prostitution
  • Psychological abuse
  • Psychologically abused children
  • Psychologically abused women
  • Punishment in crime deterrence
  • Racketeering
  • Rape
  • Rape--Prevention
  • Rape--Psychological aspects
  • Rape--Public opinion
  • Rape in marriage
  • Rape in mass media
  • Rape in motion pictures
  • Rape victims
  • Rape victims--Mental health
  • Rape victims--Services for
  • Rapists
  • Reading disability and crime
  • Receiving stolen goods
  • Recidivism
  • Recidivists
  • Ritual abuse
  • Ritual abuse victims
  • Rogues and vagabonds
  • Rural crimes
  • School vandalism
  • School violence
  • Securities fraud
  • Securities theft
  • Self-incrimination
  • Serial murders
  • Sex crimes
  • Sex crimes in the press
  • Sex offenders
  • Sexual abuse victims
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexually abused children
  • Shoplifting
  • Sibling abuse
  • Smugglers
  • Social work with criminals
  • Stalking
  • Status offenders
  • Statuatory rape
  • Sterilization, Eugenic
  • Stowaways
  • Students--Crimes against
  • Substance abuse
  • Suburban crimes
  • Subversive activities
  • Suicide
  • Suicide victims
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Teenage prostitution
  • Terrorism
  • Terrorism and mass media
  • Terrorists
  • Theft from motor vehicles
  • Thieves
  • Tongs (Secret societies)
  • Train robberies
  • Transnational crime
  • Trials
  • Undercover operations
  • Underwater crime investigation
  • Unemployment and crime
  • Uxoricide
  • Vandalism
  • Vice
  • Vice control
  • Victims
  • Victims of crimes
  • Victims of family violence
  • Victims of terrorism
  • Vietnamese American criminals
  • Vigilance committees
  • Vigilantes
  • Violence
  • Violence--Forecasting
  • Violence in children
  • Violence in mass media
  • Violence in television
  • Violent crimes
  • Violent deaths
  • War and crime
  • War crimes
  • White collar crime investigation
  • White collar crimes
  • Wife abuse
  • Women--Crimes against
  • Women outlaws
  • Women serial muderers
  • Yakuza
  • Youth--Crimes against