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All of the resources you need for your subject. For help with literature searching and referencing please contact your Information Adviser team.

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Books & Ebooks

The easiest way to search for books held in the library is to use the library catalogue. You can search by author, title or keyword. You can also use the library catalogue to place reservations on books. The majority of books relating to criminology can be found on the top floor (Level 3) of Falmer Library

The library also has a number of criminology ebooks which are available on and off campus. Most of these are included in the library catalogue and can also be found in OneSearch. For more information about finding and using ebooks please see our Help with using ebooks page.

Help with using ebooks

Criminology Databases

Databases are specialist tools which you can use to find resources such as journal articles. The five listed below are the databases we recommend you start with, but the full list can also be accessed here.

For help with searching these resources, see the videos liked below and the Search Skills page in this guide.


Index and summaries of peer-reviewed literature in behavioural science and mental health, from 1800s onwards.How to search APA Psychinfo (video) »


Full text database covering legislation, cases, legal journals and selected books; browse by topic for an overview with analysis and links to key related content. Coverage includes US and other international jurisdictions.
Registration required if not already registered for Practical Law.
How to find journal articles on Westlaw (video) »

Web of Science

Large multidisciplinary database with good criminology coverage.How to search Web of Science (video) »

Policing Insight

Expert articles from government, policing professionals, academia, third sector and industry from around the world on policing and criminal justice topics including policy, practice, crime and technology. Includes access to the Media Monitor service. Registration required: create a username and use your university email address for full access.

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Handbooks & Key Journals

The library has a number of journal titles which you can browse individually. We've highlighted some key titles from the collection, but there are many more. To search for a journal by title, please use the Online Journal Finder.

Oxford handbooks Online: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Criminology & Criminal Justice

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British Journal of Criminology

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The referencing style used by University of Brighton is Harvard Cite them Right or APA. Log into the Cite them Right website below for guidance on referencing and bibliographies in both styles.

If you would like to use an online tool to help you build an online reference list we recommend using either EndNote or ZoteroBib software.

On demand freeview TV & radio

search over 2 million programmes from 75 channels

Box of Broadcasts

Watch and record freeview TV and radio. Create clips or make your own playlist using the huge archive of tv and radio shows dating back to the 1970s. Bob also includes a collection of curated playlists made by UK university lecturers on themes such as feminist film philosophy and law race and decolonisation.

Go to Box of Broadcasts (bob)

Further Resources

The following websites are good sources of freely usable, good quality stock photos that you can use in your academic work.