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Collection Overview

The NCJRS microfiche collection and Crime & Juvenile Delinquency collection together provide page images for thousands of federal, state, and local criminal justice documents and reports from criminal justice research organizations from the late 1960s through the mid-1990s. NCJRS was produced by the information service of the US Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs; CJ&D was assembled by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Items in both sets are assigned identifiers that can be matched with bibliographic records in the two chief bibliographic databases, Criminal Justice Abstracts for Crime & Juvenile Delinquency and NCJRS Abstracts for the NCJRS microfiche. The two collections provide a valuable backstop and gap-filler for the Penn Libraries’ very strong historic print collections in criminology, criminal justice, and youth social work, with NCJRS containing more than 130,000 documents and C&JD more than 6,400 documents.