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2020 School of Psychology: Criminology subject guide



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Academic Search Complete

Multidisciplinary full text journals database

CINAHL Complete

Database for health-related journal articles

Emerald Journals

Useful for management, leadership, and social science journals

LinkedIn Learning

An online subscription library that teaches the latest software, creative, and business skills through high-quality instructional videos

Proquest Central

A multidisciplinary resource which includes journal articles, newspapers, and magazines. Select the “Criminal Justice Database” to search only in this subject area


Full text collection of APA journals for all areas of Psychology. Note that all content from this database is also included in PsycINFO

PsycINFO 1887-current

APA's key resource for journal articles and scholarly literature related to psychology. You may find this useful if you are considering mental health or domestic violence topics

How (and why) to use the APA Thesaurus when searching PsycINFO via EBSCOhost (video 2:54)

This video explains the PsycINFO thesaurus and explains why it is useful when searching this database

ScienceDirect Journals

A range of scientific journal content including Social Sciences and Humanities

Web of Science

Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings

Hein Online

Particularly useful for the Law Journal Library, which contains back issues of journals not found elsewhere in our collections

Lexis Library

Use Lexis for case law and legislation


Use Lexis for case law and legislation

Amnesty International

Non-governmental organisation focused on human rights

FORWARD (Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development)

Organisation campaigning for equality and safety of African women and girls. Particularly active around issues of FGM and child marriage

The Howard League for Penal Reform

A national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison

Human Rights Watch

An organisation investigating and reporting on abuses worldwide


The UK’s largest civil liberties organisation

ManKind Initiative

A charity providing support for men suffering domestic violence or abuse


Mental health support and advice; MIND also campaigns to improve services, raise awareness, and promote understanding

NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

UK charity working to prevent child abuse and support families

Prisoners' Education Trust

The Trust provides access to a range of learning opportunities for prisoners to help them improve their prospects after release

The Prison Reform Trust

Organisation campaigning to reduce prison use, improve prison conditions, and promote equality and human rights in the criminal justice system

Restorative Justice Council

The RJC promotes, and works to set and champion clear standards for, quality restorative practice

Skills for Justice

"A not-for-profit organisation committed to the development of an improved and sustainable Justice and Community Safety sector workforce across the UK"

State Watch

Statewatch is a voluntary group founded in 1991 comprising lawyers, academics, journalists, researchers and community activists. Its European network of contributors is drawn from 18 countries. Statewatch encourages the publication of investigative journalism and critical research in Europe the fields of the state, justice and home affairs, civil liberties, accountability and openness

The Survivors Trust (TST)

The Survivors Trust (TST) is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 141 specialist organisations for support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland

Women's Aid

Women’s Aid campaigns for government to tackle the causes and consequences of domestic abuse, and provides support to survivors

British Society of Criminology

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI)

Affiliated with the United Nations, HEUNI's primary objective "is to promote the international exchange of information on crime prevention and control among European countries"

Institute of Race Relations

Independent educational charity founded in 1958 to carry out research, publish and collect resources on race relations throughout the world

INTERVICT - International Victimology Institute Tilburg

INTERVICT "promotes and executes interdisciplinary research that can contribute to a comprehensive, evidence-based body of knowledge on the empowerment and support of victims of crime and abuse of power"


Crime reduction organisation which helps vulnerable people by addressing social exclusion, inequality of opportunity and deprivation

NICCO: National Information Centre on Children of Offenders

Formerly i-HOP; supporting all professionals to work with offenders’ children and their families

Sentencing Council

Works to promote greater consistency in sentencing and produces sentencing guidelines

UNAFEI: United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders

The "Resource Materials Series" in the "Publications" section of this site is an ongoing seminar series containing papers by international experts

Attorney General's Office

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) provides legal advice and support to the Attorney General and the Solicitor General (the Law Officers) who give legal advice to government


The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service represents children in family court cases, ensuring their voices are heard and decisions taken in their best interests. Cafcass is a non-departmental public body accountable to the Ministry of Justice

Charles Booth's London

Newly released by the LSE, this valuable resource enables you to search the catalogue of over 450 original notebooks from the Inquiry into Life and Labour in London (1886-1903), view 41 digitised notebooks and explore the London poverty maps

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Contains information about the justice system, jurisdictions, court structure and lists of members of the judiciary


Court listing and directory service with some free content (sign up required)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations in England and Wales. The CPS is independent of police and government

Equality and Human Rights Commission

An independent statutory body with the responsibility to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and protect and promote the human rights of everyone in Britain

HM Prison and Probation Service

HMPPS carries out sentences given by the courts, in custody and the community, and rehabilitates through education and employment

Home Office

The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire, counter-terrorism and police


Ministry of Justice website with information for legal professionals

UK Acts and Statutory Instruments. Full text since 1988

Ministry of Justice

Information including civil, family and criminal procedure rules, daily court lists, prison finder, prison and probation instructions, youth justice toolkits, and practice materials

National Probation Service

NCA National Crime Agency

NCA tackles serious and organised crime, fraud, and the protection of children from sexual abuse and exploitation


Local crime and policing information for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Policing Insight

Policing Insight features the latest thinking in progressive policing with expert articles from government, policing professionals, academia, third sector and industry from  around the world. New users will need to register an individual account using their University of Worcester email address prior to using this resource

Police Oracle

The default online information resource for the UK policing community, including recruitment, best practice, news, and law. It is also used as a communication conduit by professional Policing bodies, UK political parties, academic institutions, major suppliers to the Police service and government departments

Policies - GOV.UK

You can find Government policy here, either by scrolling through the alphabetical list, or by using the search box

World Justice News

This site allows you to watch live streams from courts around the world, including the International Criminal Court at the Hague

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Social Policy Association (SPA)

Organisation whose purpose is to advance the teaching, research, and dissemination of knowledge in the field of social policy

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - safeguarding information

NHS England - safeguarding information

Includes links to networks, sub-groups, and policy documents

Safeguarding Children - Schools, Colleges and Children's Services

Information drawn from a number of government departments, including exploitation, gang activity, social workers' standards, Munro review documents and other research and statistics

Worcestershire County Council - Safeguarding Adults

Worcestershire County Council - Safeguarding Children

Grey literature describes research published in non-conventional places not indexed by the major databases. This could include material such as government reports and conference papers

BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

Search engine for academic web resources


An online information service providing free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on international development issues

The Grey Literature Report

No longer updated, but the data (1999-2016) remains accessible. Mostly American content

GreyNet International

Links to grey literature sources

European Newsstream

This database's detailed indexing helps users quickly find the news information they need. Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc. Find full-text newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites from around the world.  Watch the how-to video (video 4:18) before you start searching.

Times Digital Archive

To log in type R + your student/staff card number (above the barcode on your card).You may need to add zeros after your student/staff number to make 9 characters in total, including the R. Access provided courtesy of The Hive partnership with Worcestershire County Council

The Guardian

The Independent


National newspaper for prisoners and detainees


Prison newspaper delivered to all prisons in England, Wales and Scotland. It is run by Human Rights and Prison Law experts

The Telegraph

BBC iPlayer - Crime and Justice Documentaries

Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

BoB allows you to record programmes from over 75 free-to-air channels, and search an archive of over 2.2 million broadcasts

Social Sciences - 300

300.72 Social science research methods

300.723 Qualitative research methods

Law - 340 - you can find more on the Law subject guide.

340.115 Law and society

345.41 Criminal law

347.41 English legal system

Social problems and social services - 360

362 Social welfare problems and welfare

362.88 Victims of crime

364 Criminology

364.1 Criminal offences

364.2 Causes of crime

364.3 Offenders

364.4 Prevention of crime

364.6 Penology

364.63 Probation

364.8 Discharged offenders

364.9 Historic and geographical treatments, biography of crime and its alleviation



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