Criminology collection

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For major research databases in criminology and related resources, consult the Criminology - Research Guide.

Collection description

The Penn Libraries criminology collection reflects Penn's long leadership in criminological research and criminal justice policy, and it is one of the Ivy Plus libraries' largest such collections. The collection has an exceptionally rich historic collection, built through the work of the first modern criminologist Thorstein Sellin and his protege Marvin Wolfgang. Recent collection growth has been generously supported through the Lipman Criminology Library Fund.

The collection is a general collection, evenly split between criminology and criminal justice administration. Historic strengths sustained today include juvenile delinquency; prisoner reformation, reclamation, and social work; sentencing. Recently-added strengths include victimology; policing best practices; and geographic analysis of crime.

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