Criminal Justice

Here are some resources for your criminal justice research.

Law Databases: WestLawNext and Thomas

For Books and E-books

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Searching WestLaw

Using WestLawNext to locate Commentaries in McKinney’s Laws of New York:

  • Select State materials tab > select New York
  • On the upper right hand side where it says New York (state and federal), unclick “include federal related content”
  • Search the full title and section of the statute: for example, Penal Law 140.15.
  • Your search results will include Cases, Statutes, Regulations, Secondary Sources etc.
  • Scroll down and select Statutes
  • Click on the section of the code which is hyperlinked. Commentaries generally appear after the wording of the statute.  In some instances it will refer you to a prior section. For example, See Practice Commentary at the end of Penal Law § 140.00.

To Search for Books

Search for subjects like these in the book search box on the library's home page:

Criminal justice
Victims of crimes
Criminal justice, Administration of
Crime prevention
Police administration
Women, Crimes against
Police and United States
Police questioning
Confession and Law and United States
Racial profiling in law enforcement
Police shootings
Law enforcement and United States
Criminal investigation
Criminal Statistics
Forensic sciences

You may also find some books listed in the catalog from ABC-CLIO publishers that are available full-text electronically, such as Equal Protection: Rights and Liberties under the Law and The Right to Bear Arms.

More Criminal Justice Books to Borrow

Criminal Justice Careers

Criminal Justice Encyclopedias Online

These reference books are available online. (Enter your username/password when prompted if off campus.)

This database will search more than 600 reference books at once:

Criminal Justice Books to Borrow