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   Volume III, Issue 5
May 2007   

Criminal Justice Abstracts

Ever wonder if anything has been done in the past about stemming the rising crime rate in Philadelphia? Some information can be found through Criminal Justice Abstracts, a database containing records from 1968 to the present. This database provides coverage of journals, books, reports, dissertations and unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines.

In 1999, various Philadelphia agencies and organizations partnered to form the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership, (YVRP) designed to reduce Philadelphia's homicide rate and put youthful offenders on the path to a productive adulthood. Alive at 25: Reducing Youth Violence through Monitoring and Support (Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures, 2004) is the resulting report abstracted in the Criminal Justice Abstracts.

Over 100 citations can be found with the search strategy philadelphia and (crime or murder) and (rates or causes). Most of the citations are from journals in the field of criminology, but the coverage extends to other journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine or Environment and Planning B, Planning & Design.

The major areas covered by this database include adult corrections, courts and the legal process, the offender and the victim, crime prevention and control strategies, juvenile justice and delinquency, police, forensic sciences and substance abuse. Criminal Justice Abstracts indexes a number of unique journal titles that are not represented in Sociological Abstracts, such as Journal of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science International, Aggression and Violent Behavior, to name a few.

To find this database from the library home page, select Databases by Title or explore this database and others in the field of criminology by clicking on Resources by Subject, where you can also contact a research librarian for help.

Contributed by Jacqueline Mirabile and Jutta Seibert