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Criminal Justice: Reference Books

This guide is an introduction to sources of information on Criminal Justice in the United States that are available at URI. It describes types of materials and provides selected items in each category.

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Reference Books: Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Encyclopedias provide an overview of knowledge on important subjects.  General unabridged dictionaries have good coverage of terms in criminal justice, but are not as complete as dictionaries limited to a particular subject.

Guides to the literature introduce a subject field and indicate the available resources and the way to use them.  Handbooks are similar to encyclopedias but cover a narrower subject area and are usually comprised of a collection of essays written by experts. Manuals provide instructions in how to perform a task

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