Criminologists use theories (sociology theories; psychology theories; etc.) to explore issues that have been identified in the criminal justice system or to explain criminality. This guide will point students toward resources that will assist in learning about some of these theories.
Make sure the theory you choose to explore aligns with your assignment requirements.
Tip! Remember there is no one "perfect" theory for a situation. A question that has you looking at an organizational theory might also require research into a sociological or legal theory.
Below are two books that provide overviews - exploring various theories within the context of Criminology:
Do you need a quick snapshot - a summary - of a concept or theory, just to get going? Read an encyclopedia entry! The Library has hundreds of encyclopedias. Below is a short selection. If you want to search for encyclopedias: from the main library website click on the tab labelled "Catalog" - take a look at the illustration.