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SOC 236: Criminology (Online): Books & eBooks

This online guide will provide you with useful resources for your SOC 236 course. If you have questions or comments, please contact

Quick Tips

   Get to Know Your Topic

    Don't become overwhelmed with the number of resources you can use to research your topic.  Ask a librarian for help!

Books: Get to Know Your Topic

Books and eBooks are a great choice when you're new to a subject, since they can provide topic overviews and background information. They don't need to be read cover-to-cover to be useful - just check the table of contents or the index to find sections that are relevant to your interests.  In eBooks, you can do a search for your topic within the book.

For some short, criminology-relevant reads, check out the Very Short Introductions database:


Sample Searches

Gun Control AND violence

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with allthe concepts. Searching for Gun control AND violence will only include books that have both gun control and violence in their contents.

violence OR crime

Use OR between similar concepts. Searching for violence ORcrime will find books that refer to either term.

"Right to Bear Arms"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "Right to Bear Arms" to find the words in that specific order.


eBook/eReader icon

Here are a few places you can find eBooks, just remember that you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).  More information on downloading eBooks.