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Crime and Criminology

(International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences: 2nd Edition)
Covers scholarship and fields that have emerged and matured since the publication of the original international edition. Highlights the expanding influence of economics in social science research and features new articles and biographies contributed by scholars from around the world on a wide array of global topics in the social sciences. William A. Darity, Jr. Edition: 2nd ed. Macmillan Reference 2008

Capital Punishment
Title: Capital punishment [electronic resource] : a medical dictionary, bibliography and annotated research guide to Internet references / James N. Parker and Philip M. Parker, editors. Publisher: San Diego, CA : ICON Health Publications, c2004.

Crime in America: a Reference Handbook
Crime in America [electronic resource] : a reference handbook / Jennifer L. Durham. "Crime United States Handbooks, manuals, etc. Criminology Handbooks, manuals, etc." ABC-CLIO, c1996. HV6787 .D87 1996eb

Criminal Poisoning: Investigational Guide for Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists, and Attorneys
Criminal poisoning: investigational guide for law enforcement, toxicologists, forensic scientists, and attorneys / John H. Trestrail, III. Publisher: Humana Press, 2000. Description: xv, 164 p. ; 24 cm.

Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society
The Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society is composed of almost 900 entries arranged in alphabetical order. The entries range in length from about 500 words to almost 11,000 words. The Encyclopedia embraces commerce in all its ethical and social dimensions. This ambition requires comprehensive and fairly lengthy essays on such crucial topics as justice, freedom, stakeholder theory, and regulation. At the other end of the spectrum, very brief essays introduce important personages in the field, while other similarly brief entries explain the nature and function of various organizations.

Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment
Encyclopedia of crime and punishment / David Levinson, editor. Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Ca. : Sage Publications, c2002. Authoritative and comprehensive, this multivolume set includes hundreds of articles in the field of criminal justice. Impressive arrays of authors have contributed to this resource, addressing such diverse topics as racial profiling, money laundering, torture, prisoner literature, the KGB, and Sing Sing. Written in an accessible manner and attractively presented, the background discussions, definitions, and explanations of important issues and future trends are absorbing. Interesting sidebars and facts, reference lists, relevant court cases, tables, and black-and-white photographs supplement the entries. Appendixes cover careers in criminal justice, Web resources, and professional organizations. A lengthy bibliography lists relevant works."--"The Best of the Best Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2003

Encyclopedia of International Organized Crime
The encyclopedia of international organized crime [electronic resource] / Carlo DeVito. Publisher: New York, NY : Facts on File, c2005.

Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime
From Booklist: Edited by a specialist in criminal psychology, this volume contains more than 200 signed entries from more than 116 contributors on a variety of topics related to violent crime and murder. The majority of the alphabetically arranged entries can be divided into two categories: biographies of murderers or violent groups and overviews of theories of violence, legal processes, or types of violence. There are also several short articles on issues that do not address violence directly but are related somehow (e.g., The Brady Bill). The biographical entries range from less than one page for Al Capone and Jack the Ripper to four or five pages for Charles Manson and Osama bin Laden. While the focus is on American criminals and crime, there are several entries for international figures (for example, Andrei Chikatilo, the "Russian Ripper").

Encyclopedia of Terrorism
Although not a textbook, and certainly not a monograph, the encyclopedia provides detailed discussions of the who, what, where, when, and why of terrorism, including the September 11 attacks and their ramifications. Providing a comprehensive, global coverage of terrorism with more than 300 in-depth entries, readers have the wherewithal to understand the component parts of terrorism or develop a more exhaustive study of a topic. The latter is made possible by crossreferences to related entries at the end of each entry, as well as a detailed list of further readings

Encyclopedia of White Collar and Corporate Crime
This reference, the Encyclopedia of White-Collar & Corporate Crime, is edited to incorporate information about a variety of white-collar crimes, and provides examples of persons, statutes, companies, and convictions. It is acknowledged that it does not, and cannot encompass all behaviors that may be defined as white-collar crimes.

FBI: a Comprehensive Reference Guide
Title: The FBI [computer file] : a comprehensive reference guide / [written and] edited by Athan G. Theoharis with Tony G. Poveda, Susan Rosenfeld, Richard Gid Powers. Publisher: Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1999. Description: xi, 409 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. Contents Brief history -- Notable cases -- Controversies and issues -- FBI oversight and liaison relationships -- Traditions and culture -- Organization and day-to-day activities -- Buildings and physical plant -- The FBI in American popular culture -- Biographies -- Chronology of key events.

Forensic DNA Profiling Protocols
Forensic DNA profiling protocols / edited by Patrick J. Lincoln and Jim Thomson. Publisher: Totowa, N.J. : Humana Press, c1998. Description:Computer File x, 309 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes: Computer File Subject(s): Forensic genetics --Laboratory manuals. DNA fingerprinting --Laboratory manuals. Polymerase chain reaction --Laboratory manuals. DNA --Analysis --Laboratory manuals.

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
Gale encyclopedia of mental health [electronic resource] / Laurie J. Fundukian and Jeffrey Wilson, editors. Publisher: Detroit : Thomson Gale, c2008. Description: Book Psychiatry --Encyclopedias. Mental illness --Encyclopedias.

Gangs: a Reference Handbook
Gangs [electronic resource] : a reference handbook / Karen L. Kinnear. Gangs United States Handbooks, manuals, etc. ABC-CLIO, 1996. HV6439.U7 K55 1996eb

Handbook of Psychology. Volume 11, Forensic Psychology
Title: Handbook of psychology. Volume 11, Forensic psychology [electronic resource] / Alan M. Goldstein, volume editor ; Irving B. Weiner, editor-in-chief. Publisher: New York : Wiley, c2003. 606 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.

Mafia Encyclopedia
Title: The Mafia encyclopedia [computer file] / Carl Sifakis. Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Facts on File, c1987.

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History
The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, edited by Stanley N. Katz, is the first encyclopedia of law to provide both historical and contemporary comparisons of the world legal systems. A truly international and interdisciplinary reference work, the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History covers legal history from ancient to modern times. Approximately 1,000 articles explore the traditions of Ancient Greek Law, Ancient Roman Law, Medieval Roman Law, Chinese Law, English Common Law, Islamic Law, United States Law, and the laws of such other regions as Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Major categories of law explained in detail include private law (contract, tort, civil procedure), public law (statutory, criminal, etc.), and higher or constitutional law. Using statutes and administrative rulings, judicial decisions, and descriptions of legislatures, agencies, and courts, the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History offers a clear background on geographically distinctive laws, their origins, and their consequences throughout world history.

Criminal Law and Law Enforcement

Criminal Law Handbook
Title: The criminal law handbook [electronic resource] : know your rights, survive the system / by Paul Bergman & Sara J. Berman-Barrett. Edition: 5th ed. Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Nolo, 2003.

Cyber Forensics: A Field Manual for Collecting, Examining, and Preserving Evidence of Computer Crimes, Second Edition
Cyber Forensics: A Field Manual for Collecting, Examining, and Preserving Evidence of Computer Crimes, Second Edition by Albert J. Marcella, Jr. and Doug Menendez Auerbach Publications © 2008 (528 pages) Citation ISBN:9780849383281 Designed as an introduction and overview to the field, this book guides you step-by-step through the basics of investigation and introduces the tools and procedures required to legally seize and forensically evaluate a suspect machine.

Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice
This work was compiled with the belief that everyone should be familiar with the history and current operations of the juvenile justice system. Many of the entries in this encyclopedia begin with a historical discussion to help frame the issues. Any understanding of contemporary problems must begin with an appreciation for where we have been. This encyclopedia seeks to provide an accurate and readable resource for students of juvenile justice, criminology, and criminal justice. To assist in this process, each entry includes a bibliography listing the most important references related to the topic as well as other related topics that might enlighten the reader further.

Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
The Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement provides a comprehensive, critical, and descriptive examination of all facets of law enforcement on the state and local, federal and national, and international stages. This work is a unique reference source that provides readers with informed discussions on the practice and theory of policing in a historical and contemporary framework. Each volume treats subjects that are particular to the area of state and local, federal and national, and international policing. Many of the themes and issues of policing cut across disciplinary borders, however, and a number of entries provide comparative information that places the subject in context. The Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement is the first attempt to present a comprehensive view of policing and law enforcement worldwide.

FBI: a Comprehensive Reference Guide
Title: The FBI [computer file] : a comprehensive reference guide / [written and] edited by Athan G. Theoharis with Tony G. Poveda, Susan Rosenfeld, Richard Gid Powers. Publisher: Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1999. Description: xi, 409 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. Contents Brief history -- Notable cases -- Controversies and issues -- FBI oversight and liaison relationships -- Traditions and culture -- Organization and day-to-day activities -- Buildings and physical plant -- The FBI in American popular culture -- Biographies -- Chronology of key events.

Handbook of Psychology. Volume 11, Forensic Psychology
Title: Handbook of psychology. Volume 11, Forensic psychology [electronic resource] / Alan M. Goldstein, volume editor ; Irving B. Weiner, editor-in-chief. Publisher: New York : Wiley, c2003. 606 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History
The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, edited by Stanley N. Katz, is the first encyclopedia of law to provide both historical and contemporary comparisons of the world legal systems. A truly international and interdisciplinary reference work, the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History covers legal history from ancient to modern times. Approximately 1,000 articles explore the traditions of Ancient Greek Law, Ancient Roman Law, Medieval Roman Law, Chinese Law, English Common Law, Islamic Law, United States Law, and the laws of such other regions as Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Major categories of law explained in detail include private law (contract, tort, civil procedure), public law (statutory, criminal, etc.), and higher or constitutional law. Using statutes and administrative rulings, judicial decisions, and descriptions of legislatures, agencies, and courts, the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History offers a clear background on geographically distinctive laws, their origins, and their consequences throughout world history.

Security Consulting
Security consulting [electronic resource] / Charles A. Sennewald. Security consultants Handbooks, manuals, etc. Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier, c2004. HV8290 .S47 2004eb

Prisons and Correctional Facilities

Encyclopedia of American Prisons
Title: Encyclopedia of American prisons [electronic resource] / editors, Marilyn D. McShane, Frank P. Williams III. Publisher: New York : Garland Pub., 1996.

Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities
This encyclopedia draws together up-to-date statistics and academic research to sketch out the scope of prisons and punishment in the United States. Its goal is to provide information on all the different types of penal facilities currently being used while keeping a broad focus on the prison itself. Authors strive, where possible, to address issues of race and gender and to make clear how current and historical policies and practices have affected communities and individuals differently.

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
Gale encyclopedia of mental health [electronic resource] / Laurie J. Fundukian and Jeffrey Wilson, editors. Publisher: Detroit : Thomson Gale, c2008. Description: Book Psychiatry --Encyclopedias. Mental illness --Encyclopedias.

Prisons in America: a Reference Handbook
Title: Prisons in America [electronic resource] : a reference handbook / Nicole Hahn Rafter and Debra L. Stanley. Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1999. Description: xiii, 226 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.