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NCJ Number: 126499 Find in a Library
Title: Guide to Research in Comparative Criminal Justice at the John Jay College Library
Author(s): J Dunham
Corporate Author: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Prisoner Reentry Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, NY 10019
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Focusing on the John Jay Library, this guide outlines five approaches to comparative criminal justice research.
Abstract: These approaches include the use of the online catalog, CUNY Plus, which catalogues books by keyword or by standard subject heading; journal articles; available sources of statistics; the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, and supplementary material. Keyword searching, which requires some skill and is more helpful than standard subject headings for comparative research, picks up words or phrases that appear anywhere among the author, subject, title, and other fields in the computer record that describes each book. In most instances, it is necessary to use an index to locate relevant journal articles. Sources of statistics include special reports; the "International Crime Statistics" that is compiled biennially since 1950 by the International Criminal Police Organization; the U.N. World Crime Surveys which are taken at 5-year intervals since 1976; current national statistics compendiums; and CUNY Plus which includes criminal statistics as one of the catalog's standard subject headings. Since 1972, the National Institute of Justice microfiches material it receives and sends it out to selected libraries. The microfiche collection of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service now numbers over 30,000 documents. Finally, reference books are cited that provide background information on country politics, government, or culture.
Main Term(s): Criminal justice research; Information collection
Index Term(s): Criminal justice information systems; Information processing; Microforms
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