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Criminology: Background sources

About background sources

Background sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and directories.  These sources are very helpful starting points for your research, as they provide factual information and key names, dates, and definitions. They also provide good overviews of a topic and introduce you to important questions, theories, and issues.

Background sources can help you understand the information in the scholarly articles and books you find on your topic, by providing helpful context, background, and vocabulary.

Background Sources

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Key Issues in Crime and Punishment Series

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