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Choosing the right resources

You are expected to find and use high-quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors.

This page shows you the best resources to use, along with some guidance about how to make the most from your searches.

Finding books for Criminology


The main Criminology print book collection is located in the Social Policy (DA) section on the first floor of the JB Morrell Library. Materials relevant to Criminology are found, however, in many sections of the Library - always use YorSearch to find what you need.

Click to reveal a list of shelf locations for Criminology

Lots of our books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View Online section of each book.

Expand your reading choices

Reading Lists

BooksFor each module you take, you will find at least one reading list on the Yorkshare VLE.  Many reading lists are made available on Yorkshare using the Library's online Reading Lists system, which links directly to the library catalogue records for items in the Library's collections, plus e-books, e-journal articles and other Web resources.

Further recommendations may be provided in module guides, or during lectures or seminars.  You can search YorSearch to find the item you need, using the author's name and/or title keywords.

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Criminology

If you're new to a topic and want some ideas about where to start, Oxford Bibliographies Online might help. It provides introductory essays and suggested reading for criminology, presented in articles on specific topics.

Using newspapers

NewspapersThe Library has an extensive collection of printed, microfilm and electronic UK and international newspapers.

Nexis UK is a specialist database providing access to the full-text of thousands of news sources, including UK daily and regional newspapers.

Finding statistics and data

Bar chartThe Library subscribes to a range of sources of statistics and data, which are provided on the E-resources Guide Datasets and Statistics list.

Some key sources are listed below:

Skills Guides

Find videos, interactive tutorials, workbooks and links to specific help for developing your digital and information searching skills:

Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an on demand TV and radio service for education. You can record and access an extensive archive from 65 free-to-air channels, create clips from programmes and compile playlists. See what you can discover today!


Shelves and PCsTo start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.

Core resources for Criminology
Additional sources for Criminology

You'll find our full range of databases through the E-resources Guide.

Legal resources

Explore the Law Subject Guide for further legal resources.

Finding journals

All journal titles are listed on YorSearch. Search for the title of the journal you need.

The majority of the Library's journals are available online. Click on View Online to see the full-text journal online if available. Electronic access may be offered by more than one link so check which years are available. Click on the link to get to the full-text journal.

Screenshot of Criminology and Criminal Justice

If the journal you need is not available online, click on Find in Library to check what is available and where it is shelved.

Library basics

Using YorSearch

YorSearch is the place to look for books, journals, and other materials held by the Library.

Looking beyond your reading list...

Search skills

Accessing texts

Find It @ YorkClicking Find It @ York in a database will check YorSearch to see if we have a copy of what you've found.

If we don't have it...

We can't afford to buy a copy of everything ever. If we don't have what you need, here are some options:

Theses & dissertations

University of York PhD/MPhil theses and Masters dissertations, plus theses and dissertations from other institutions.