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CJ 231 - Juvenile Justice Systems


The following guide is intended to provide an overview of resources available in the library and online on the subject of comparative juvenile justice systems. For further assistance, please take advantage of the reference services available to you in the library. Stop by the Reference Desk in person or online at Ask a Librarian.


Find Reference Sources for Background Information

The reference collection offers an extensive collection of readings in the area of juvenile justice, both online and in print. Here you will find encyclopedias and handbooks, statistics, names of authorities, and bibliographies which lead to additional sources. Notice that most reference books on the subject of Juvenile Justice are in the HV 7231-HV 9920.5 call number range.

Electronic References

Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice

Encyclopedia of Psychology & Law

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism

Encyclopedia of Social Problems

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America

Encyclopedia of Social Work

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

Uniform Crime Reports for the United States 1945-

Print Resources

Comparative & International Criminal Justice Systems
     Ref HV 7419 .C65
     Consult index for 'Juvenile Delinquency'

Criminal Justice Information: How to Find it, How to Use It
     Ref HV7419.5 .C75

Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice
     Ref HV 9104 .E58 2003

Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
     Ref HV7921 .E53

Juvenile Crime
     Ref HV9104 .F448

Juvenile Justice Systems: International Perspectives
     Ref HV9069 .J84 2002

Juvenile Justice Systems: An International Comparison of Problems and Solutions
     Ref HV9069 .J796


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Find Books and Government Documents

The library catalog is an excellent resource for finding book s, government documents and background information on your topic. Most books pertaining to Juvenile Justice are in the HV 7231-HV 9920.5 call number range.

Sample keyword searches for this class include the following (remember that the asterisk * enables you to search for alternative word forms):

juvenile correction*
juvenile court*
juvenile crime

juvenile delinquency

juvenile detention
juvenile law
juvenile punishment

teen court*
youth court*

For more material that is not available at Geisel Library, you may wish to conduct keyword searching in WorldCat (an online catalog encompassing the holdings of thousands of libraries worldwide). Limit the Material Type to "Books" and the Year to recent years (e.g. "2000-2007") to find recently-published books only.

When you identify a relevant book in WorldCat, you can click on the "Request via Interlibrary Loan" link in its WorldCat record. Books requested through WorldCat are usually delivered to Geisel Library in 7-10 days. You will be emailed when your book arrives, and you can check it out for a specified borrowing period.

This library of thousands of e-books spans across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book. The collection is particularly strong on Criminal Justice titles.
Access restricted to the Saint Anselm College community.

Below is a sampling of titles that are included in Ebrary:

Judging Children As Children:  A Proposal for a Juvenile Justice System

Judging Juveniles:  Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts

Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Justice

Rethinking Juvenile Justice

Studies in American Juvenile Justice


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Find Journal Articles


CrossSearch  Criminal Justice

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Search the following databases to locate citations and/or full text of journal articles. In some cases, the database will provide links to the full text of articles. If you see a WebBridge button next to an article of interest, click it to determine whether the journal is available in the Geisel Library or in full text via another electronic database. WebBridge will also help you request articles through Interlibrary Loan if they aren't available through our library.

Core Resources

Criminal Justice Abstracts
Provides abstracts of journals, books, and federal and state government reports in criminal justice and related disciplines. (1968–present)

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database
Contains summaries of more than 150,000 criminal justice publications.

Additional Journal Resources

Academic Search Premier
A good place to start for general readings. Many are full text. Limiting to peer-reviewed journals is an easy option in this database.

This database contains much information concerning juvenile justice subjects.

LexisNexis Academic - Legal
Find legal news, law reviews, case law, and codes and regulations.

This database from the American Psychological Association supplies indexing and abstracts from 1887 to the present for journals in over 25 languages plus English-language books and book chapters from 1987. Use this index to locate articles on crime, victimization, forensic psychology, antisocial behavior, etc.    User Guide

Restorative Justice Database
Includes citations to academic and practitioner literature from 1970 to the present, with a broad international coverage. The database can be searched or browsed using broad subject areas such as juvenile justice, teen courts, and victim's rights.

A search of 'women and prison*' yields some relevant results, some of which are not duplicated in the other databases listed here.
Over 50 million pages of federal and state documents can be searched using this "official U.S. gateway to all government information." After finding citations in other indexes listed on this guide, search here to locate the full-text of government reports.

Westlaw Campus   (Full Text)
Westlaw Campus provides access to the complete laws and statutes of the federal government and all 50 states, all federal regulations published in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations, and current and archived articles from hundreds of law reviews and journals. Westlaw Campus also includes the major law reference works American Jurisprudence and American Law Reports.

Other Related Databases

Google Scholar
Health Source
New York Times (historical information 1851-2004)
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts


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Find Statistics

Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics collects and disseminates statistics about U.S. crime and justice, including crimes and victims, criminal offenders, and the justice system. Included in this site:  International Justice Statistics and the World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems.

Juvenile Death Penalty Today
Contains data on juvenile executions from 1973 through 2005.

National Criminal Justice Profiles
From the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, each profile "contains information on the criminal justice systems of various countries in Europe and North America." Most are available in pdf format for download.

National Youth Gang Center (NYGC):  Publications Link
Links to surveys, statistical data, and analysis, including juvenile arrests, delinquency cases in juvenile courts, and youth gangs.

OJJDP (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) Statistical Briefing Book
Provides basic information on juvenile crime and victimization and on youth involved in the juvenile justice system as well as timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Annual compendium of statistics compiled by governmental and private agencies.

Uniform Crime Reports for the United States 1945-
Nationwide view of crime compiled by the FBI from statistical reports submitted by state and local law enforcement agencies.

The World Criminal Justice Library Network (WCJLN)
Both the "Criminal Justice Links Annotated" section and the "Statistical Resources" section are organized by country, and lead to such links as departments of justice, court systems, law enforcement, crime surveys, and prison statistics. See also the Bibliography section and view the category for 'Juvenile Justice.'


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Selected Websites

International Juvenile Justice Resources
From The Zero - The Official Website of Andrew Vachss.

National Criminal Justice Profiles
From the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, each profile "contains information on the criminal justice systems of various countries in Europe and North America." Most are available in pdf format for download.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Performing a site search of 'juveniles' or 'juvenile justice' will retrieve many relevant results such as a pdf project report called: 'Reform of the Juvenile Justice System in Afghanistan'.

USA.Gov, the official U.S. gateway to all government information, is the catalyst for a growing electronic government. Our work transcends the traditional boundaries of government and our vision is global - connecting the world to all U.S. government information and services.

Human Rights Organizations

Amnesty International
In the site search box, perform a search such as "juvenile justice" and Pakistan.

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):  Children's Rights: Children in Conflict
with the Law
A special report offering additional links. Or, use the site search box to locate other specific information.

Human Rights Watch: Children: Juvenile Justice
HRW is an organization that protects the human rights of all people, including children.


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Citing References in APA Format

American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide
A copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is located on the library's Ready Reference shelves (Ref BF76.7 .P83 2010-6th edition). For online guides to APA format, please see the following:


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