Criminology - Introduction

Your Lecturer is the person who can best recommend the essential reading for your unit. 

Still having problems finding useful material?  Take a look at our Library Guide to Criminology and  Ocean of Information.

Students have also found that completing the Body in the Library induction exercise gives them a head start in using library resources.

Are you a Distance Learner?

You may find it useful to print out the ICJS: What to do when things go wrong guide

If you do not like murder mysteries, please note there is a specific core skills section for Distance Learners in Uplift (a downloadable interactive Powerpoint presentation).

Do consider using libraries close to home and do take advantage of libraries at your place of work. If you are a serving police officer you can access the National College of Policing Library. More information on these options can be found here.

Feeling more confident?

If you need to explore further reading, we suggest you use our Discovery Service for the Social Sciences to locate relevant books, e-books, articles, reports, and more - all in one search.


Focus on some specific ways to find articles which your lecturers may have recommended.

Not finding what you need?

If this is not enough or does not meet your precise needs because you are interested government sources, statistics, TV programmes or images take a look at our highly recommended sources.

Book Locations

The University Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification system and you can see here the numbers that might be relevant to your subject area. They can be found on the ground floor near the Support Service Desk and the first floor of the library near the Research Support Office.  These numbers are likely to be similar in most public libraries. If you are visiting other academic libraries do check their catalogue to see if they are using a different system and look on their website for relevant maps.

abnormal psychology - 157
Crime investigation - 364.12
criminal law - 345
criminological research / policing - 363.2
criminology - 364
penal & related institutions - 365
Probation service - 364.63
Psychology of crime - 364.243
Sociology of crime - 364.25
sociology of deviance - 302.542
victimology - 362.88


Your Subject Team

Linda Jones

Faculty Librarian Law & Criminology


Phone:(023) 9284 3240

Sharon Bittner

Assistant Faculty Librarian


Phone:(023) 9284 3234