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CRJ245 Criminology

About this guide

This guide is designed to help you complete your CRJ245 papers. You have an assignment to use two criminological theories from the list below to explain the actions of a person who committed a crime. The crime can be a current or a historical crime.  Be sure to choose an actual crime that was committed and has an identifiable suspect.

  • Rational Choice Theory
  • Labeling Theories
  • Strain Theory
  • Behavior Theory
  • Social Conflict Theory
  • Frustration-Aggression Theory
  • Constitutional Theories
  • Reaction Formation Theory

Your paper must include a research article on one of the theories. This guide will help you efficiently locate research articles in criminology.


You can find databases by going to the Articles by Subject link on the library home page. You will see a link for databases for Criminal Justice and Emergency Services there. Criminology is not the same thing as Criminal Justice, however, so you should also look under Social Science as well. These are some recommended databases to use:

If you are searching for a crime you may wish to search through newspaper stories that covered the incident.  Use the link below to search many newspapers at once.

Newspaper Search Link:

What are databases?

A database is a collection of information that is organized for retrieval. In the library context, databases are most often collections of articles from academic journals, newspapers, magazines, or encyclopedias. There are also databases of images, audio and video material, ebooks, and other types of data.

What are academic (or scholarly) journals?

People who do research at universities and other private and public institutions write about their research to share their findings with other researchers. They publish their research in academic journals. Their research is often peer-reviewed, which means other experts in the field read the research articles before they get published to make sure they meet the standards for scholarly research.