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Criminology: Books and Journals

This study guide helps Criminology students to learn the effective search strategy and find relevant resources supporting criminology studies.

Finding books and articles


A simple and quick way to find books and articles is to use the library search system.  

Watch this tutorial to learn how to search the library system effectively.

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  • Keep it simple! Search using a few keywords, e.g. crime cyber security Australia.  Please don't enter a whole sentence in the search box.
  • Refine your results using the options on the left side.

Reference books

Australian Policing

This edited collection provides a comprehensive body of literature that informs Australian police education, training, research, policy, and practice. Recognising and reflecting on the Australian and New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) education and training framework, the range of chapters within the book address a range of 21st-century issues modern police forces face. This book discusses four key themes: Education, training, and professional practice. Topics include police education, ethics, wellbeing, leadership, police discretion, use of force, investigative interviewing, forensic science, police and the media, emergency management, cybercrime, terrorism, community management, mental health, Indigenous communities, young people, hate crime, domestic violence, working with victims. 

Routledge International Handbook of Crime and Gender Studies

Criminological research has historically been based on the study of men, boys and crime. As a result, the criminal justice system's development of policies, programs, and treatment regimes was based on the male offender. It was not until the 1970s that some criminologists began to draw attention to the neglect of gender in the study of crime. The Routledge International Handbook of Crime and Gender Studies is a collection of original, cutting-edge, multidisciplinary essays which provide a thorough overview of the history and development of research on gender and crime, covering topics based around: theoretical and methodological approaches gender and victimization gender and offending gendered work in the criminal justice system future directions in gender and crime research. 

A dictionary of law enforcement

This UK-focused dictionary provides clear definitions of legal and specialist terminology encountered in law enforcement. From bail and buccal swab to self-defence and sham marriage, it is a wide-ranging dictionary covering terms from the areas of criminology, psychology, pathology, forensic medicine, and financial investigation. The dictionary incorporates some content from 'A Dictionary of Law', edited by Jonathan Law and Elizabeth Martin, entries which have been amended and expanded to be relevant to the law enforcement community.

The Handbook of Criminological Theory

An indispensable resource for all levels, this handbook provides up-to-date, in-depth summaries of the most important theories in criminology. Covers the origins and assumptions behind each theory, explores current debates and research, points out knowledge gaps, and offers directions for future research Encompasses theory, research, policy, and practice, with recommendations for further reading at the end of each essay. 

The Oxford Handbook of Criminology

The most comprehensive and authoritative single volume text on the subject,  Oxford Handbook of Criminology combines masterly reviews of all the key topics with extensive references to aid further research. In addition to the history of the discipline and reviews of different theoretical perspectives, the book provides up-to-date reviews of diverse topics as public views about crime and justice, youth crime and justice and state crime and human rights. It covers topics being taught at the undergraduate level as well as encapsulating the latest developments in the academic and practical spheres of criminology.