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Criminology: Journals

A subject guide to Monash University Library's resources for students and researchers of Criminology.



Monash Library has millions of online academic journals for you to use.

A journal is a regularly published forum where researchers and scholars report their findings and ideas. Journals are ongoing publications, also sometimes referred to as serials or periodicals.

Below are some of the key journals for Criminology. All of our online journals can be searched by title in A-Z eJournals.

A few things to know about Monash Library journals:

1. The easiest way to find academic journal articles for an assignment is in the Databases. Each database has thousands of journals, so searching there is faster. Use the individual journals listed here for finding a specific class eading, for browsing, or for reading for interest.

2. Most journals at Monash Library are only available online, but there are also archives of print journals at Matheson Library. Ask at the Information Point if you need help finding them. 

2. Magazines and newspapers are also a kind of journal. You can use the News and Newspapers tab to find specific news or newspaper resources, including Australian and TV news.

What's an 'academic source' - and what does 'peer-reviewed' mean?

   Academic Sources 

Monash Library has millions of journals - sometimes called serials or periodicals) - mostly held in online databases. Journals come out several times a year and have articles written by experts, usually about research they or other experts have done.

Most of Monash Library's databases are of full-text articles from publishers who have put together thousands of journals in one place for you to search. Sometimes these only have journals and articles about one or two related subjects, and sometimes they're from all kinds of subjects. Each dtabase is different, so to get good academic sources for your assignment, you'll have to search several databases to get a wide range of relevant articles.

Books and ebooks can be academic sources too - and so can government websites, official statistics, and many other things - sometimes it's even freely available on the internet. Especially when looking at websites, it can be hard to tell what counts as an academic source and what doesn't, so we have a tutorial you can take to walk you through the basics of Evaluationg your sources.

   Peer-reviewed Journals

Peer review is a formal process that happens before a journal is published. When an article is submitted to a journal or conference, they send it to experts in that subject area. These experts might suggest improvements before deciding if the article should be published or included in the conference, or they might say it shouldn't be published at all. Articles from peer reviewed journals are considered more academic, scholarly, and authoritative because they have been approved by so many different experts before being published, but there are many quite scholarly or academic journals and conferences that are not peer reviewed. 

Note: Sometimes some might say that a peer-reviewed journal is refereed