• If you are looking for books or ebooks, use LibrarySearch to see what we have in our collections. You may want to search for the author's surname, the title (or some key words from the title) or a topic. Look at the filters down the left of the results screen. You can use these to narrow down your results to just books and ebooks, or just books at Oxford Brookes.


    Often research is first published in journal articles, so they are a great way to stay up-to-date with your subject. We subscribe to a wide range of journals, mostly online but some are in printed format instead. Find out more about finding and using journals. You may want to look for a particular article that you have a reference to, or just browse the journal to see what's being written about. Have a look at your reading list to find out which journals are most relevant for each module.


    If you want to research a topic, it's a good idea to start with a database. A database is way of finding journal articles (and sometimes other material) on a particular topic or by a particular author.  All databases will give you the bibliographic information (e.g. author, title, journal name) about an article, some will give you an abstract (brief summary) of the article, and some will also give you the full text as well (i.e. the complete article). Useful databases include:


    There is a lot of useful material on crime and policing available online, although you need to think carefully about whether what you find is appropriate for academic work. You may find this guide to evaluating web resources useful (PDF). You may also want to look at this list of reliable and authoritative websites


    You can find reading lists for your criminology modules on Aspire. These lists will show you essential and further reading for each week or each topic. You can jump directly to online articles, ebooks and other online resources or see where in the library you can find print books.


    You can also find links to your online reading lists in Moodle - just look down the right hand side on a module page.

    Referencing is an important academic skill, that allows you show what you have read and how this reading has influenced your writing.


    Check your module handbook carefully to see what style of referencing your module leader expects to use for their assignments. If you're not sure, you can ask them.


    Cite Them Right is a useful online tool that allows you see what good referencing looks like and allows you build up your own references. You may find the basics tab useful, as it answers a lot of general questions about referencing and plagiarism. 


    Look at the advice on Cite Them Right for:

    You can use the search box or the headings near the top of the screen to find advice about other types of material. 


    Plagiarism is presenting or submitting someone else's work (words or ideas), intentionally or unintentionally, as your own. This is considered to be a form of cheating and may be subject to disciplinary action, so it is essential to recognize and avoid it. Find out more about plagiarism.


    Police recorded crime (England and Wales)

    • Download police recorded crime data in a spreadsheet from the Home Office official statistics webpage.
    • Understand how the police recorded data is categorised with this user guide (PDF) from the Home Office.
    • View up-to-date crime statistics for Thames Valley Police (You will need to pick a local area from the A-Z list at the bottom of the page)
    • View up-to-date crime statistics for other police forces via force websites. Alternatively the Home Office data has a column listing the police force so you may prefer to work from this data if you are comparing multiple areas.

    Crime Survey for England and Wales

    Other crime surveys

    If you need help finding resources on your reading list, understanding how the library works or researching a topic you can talk to your Academic Liaison Librarian, Charlie Brampton. She is happy to see you individually or in small groups, so just get in touch to make an appointment.

    If you want to improve your academic skills such as essay writing, critical thinking or preparing for exams, you may find Upgrade useful. You can book an appointment with them or use their wide range of online tools and links.