All encyclopedias are reference books, but not all reference books are encyclopedias. So what's the difference between a reference work and other types of books?
Reference books may include handbooks, dictionaries and volumes that contain authoritative, factual information. Reference books are located on the 2nd floor of the Kibbee Library. You may use them for as long as you are in the library, but they may not be checked out.
Criminal Justice books that are not reference works - which may include works on international crime, juvenile justice and other topics within the discipline - are on the library's 6th floor where books with call numbers that begin with the letter H can be found.
Encyclopedias are a great way to begin a research project. They provide a comprehensive overview of a particular topic and give you information that could be essential when you begin using journal articles and books to delve more deeply into your subject. The Kibbee Library has a variety of print and online Criminal Justice encyclopedias among its holdings.
Click on the titles below to be connected to either online encyclopedias, or use the call numbers for print volumes.
There are other reference books, e-books and circulating books on Criminal Justice at the Kibbee Library. See the list below: