Criminology collection

Main content

Overview

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.

Special collections

Links to policies will go here if they exist.

Doing research

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

Databases

NCJRS Abstracts  |  Criminal Justice Abstracts  |  Sociological Abstracts  |  Index to Legal Periodicals (current & retrospective)  |  More databases

Reference works

Major journals

Other e-resources

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data  |  NCJRS microfiche collection (1970s-mid-1990s)  |  Crime and juvenile delinquency [microfiche collection] (late 1960s-1990)

Services

Acquisition funds

Lipman Criminology Library Fund