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2023 Criminology subject guide



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Legal Databases

We recommend using Browzine to locate relevant journals in your field. You can access it via this link, or from the journals A-Z tab on Library Search. You can search for journals by title or subject, or browse the 'Social Science and Behavioural Science' section of the site. There you will find a range of topic areas, including Criminology and criminal justice. 

When you look a book up on Library Search or your module resource list, the record will show you a number which tells you where you'll find that book in the library. Other books on the same topic can be found at the same number, or "shelfmark". If you want to browse the library shelves for helpful books for your studies, use the list below to guide you. 

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

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"

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

Policies - GOV.UK

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

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

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.

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


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

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

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


Kanopy is a streaming service of films, documentaries and more, including curated collections on Psychology, Law and Criminal Justice and Human Rights

World Justice News

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



Kathryn Devine

Kathryn Devine

Academic Liaison Librarian
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