Category Archives: Criminology

Your University of Tampa Librarians – Part II

Time for part II of Your University of Tampa Librarians. If you are an education student you may already know librarian Elizabeth Barron.

Elizabeth, in addition to being the librarian who collects education materials for the library, she also is responsible for criminology and nursing.

Elizabeth did her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. While living in Laramie, Wyoming she worked in a Carnegie Public Library and discovered her love of libraries and soon returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in library and information science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UT’s students are what inspire Elizabeth day and day out. It makes her work day rewarding.  She would advise all students to always attend class, take notes, and keep up with the required reading. At the same time she also encourages everyone to get out and enjoy all the great food you can find in Tampa! Maybe you should stop by the reference desk and find out Elizabeth’s favorite Tampa restaurant…. She has a varied schedule on the desk – just ask for her, she can usually be found most days Monday thru Friday.


New Arrivals: The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

The Killer of Little Shepherds was nominated for the Edgar Award in 2011 for Best Fact Crime Book. This true crime history by Douglas Starr traces the murders perpetrated by Joseph Vacher in the late 1800s in France along with the birth of forensic science in Europe.

Vacher, a former member of the French army, became a vagabond in the rural areas of France where he was able to kill undetected because of the lack of a trained local police force. The work of Alexandre Lacassange in autopsies and determining the time and cause of death, Alphonse Bertillon in developing a system of identification for criminals that preceded fingerprinting, and Cesare Lombrosso’s theory of the “born criminal” created a modern, scientific method for tracking down serial killers like Vacher. The work of these early forensic scientists led to Vacher’s eventual capture, trial and execution.

Author: Starr, Douglas P.
Title: The killer of little shepherds : a true crime story and the birth of forensic science
Publisher: A.A. Knopf, 2010.
Location: MAIN
Call Number: KJV131.V33 S73 2010

(Review by criminology librarian Elizabeth Barron)

Criminology Quickstart

(This brief introduction to the library’s resources should help you get started with your criminology research.)

Criminology Resources @ Macdonald Kelce Library

Reference Books
An Introduction to Criminological Theory (2005) Reserve
Crime and Criminality: Causes and Consequences (2002) MAIN HV6080 .H85 2002
Criminological Theory: A Brief Introduction (2006) Reserve
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice (2002) REF HV6017 .E52 2002 & INTERNET
Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, 2nd ed. (2006) REF HV6245. N49 2006
Theories of Crime: A Reader (2003) Reserve

Topic Areas & Call Numbers
Drug Habits. Drug Abuse HV 5800-5840
Criminology HV 6001-7220.5
Criminal Justice Administration HV 7231-9960
Federal Law. Common and Collective State Law KF 1-9827
Forensic Medicine. Medical Jurisprudence. Legal Medicine RA 1001-1171

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Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2005) by Vronsky, Peter
American Penology: A History of Control (2000) by Blomberg, Thomas G. & Lucken, Karol
Bearing Witness to Crime and Social Justice (2000) by Quinney, Richard

Some of the databases you will find useful for researching in the field of Criminology include:
Criminal Law Reporter – actions and proposals by the Justice Department, U.S. Sentencing Commission, and other federal agencies, significant federal criminal legislation, appointments to federal offices, etc.

Criminology: A Sage Full Text Collection – covers such subjects as Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Justice, Corrections, Penology, Policing, Forensic Psychology, and Family and Domestic Violence.

FORENSICnetBase – electronic reference books provide information on forensic analysis, criminal justice, law, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, etc.
ProQuest-provides access to Criminal Justice Periodicals.

LexisNexis – U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information, as well as international, national and regional newspapers.

Websites (for a complete list of Criminology websites, visit:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service ( – NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering crime and justice related research, policy, and practice information related to juvenile and criminal justice, victim assistance, drug policy, and NCJRS services. Mostly full-text.

National Criminal Justice Thesaurus ( – The subject index for the database

National Criminal Justice Library/Abstracts ( – Links to online federal resources including FEDSTATS, A federal statistics gateway, and Uniform Crime Reports, a site hosted by the FBI.

United States Department of Justice ( Resources link includes Publications A-Z and Publications by Agency. Full-text reports and government sponsored research are included at this website.

Florida Department of Corrections ( & Florida Department of Law Enforcement (

Interpol ( world’s largest international police organization with 188 member countries.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( Contains the annual World Drug Report.

Human Rights Watch ( Monitors human rights violation around the world.

Amnesty International Report: The State of the World’s Human Rights ( Country reports track government corruption, prisoner treatment, human trafficking, human rights abuses, and more.

Florida Statistical Analysis Center (go to and click on “A-Z Index” in the left sidebar; scroll down and click on “Florida Statistical Analysis Center”)

Bureau of Justice Statistics ( – Links to the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics. Also available in print at REF HV7245. N37b from 1978-2003
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( which includes the Uniform Crime Reports ( Available in print at REF HV6787 .A3 from 1959-2004

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Reference Help
If you are having trouble finding information on your topic, do not hesitate to talk to one of the Reference Librarians. Professional Librarians are trained to find information on even the most obscure topics. We can help you and we are glad to do it. Reference Librarians are on duty Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can contact us by phone at 257-3057 (general reference extension) at these times.

To access databases, go to E-search @ and enter your UT network username and password (the same login information you use to access your UT email; if you need assistance with your login information, please contact the IT Help Desk at x6293).

The Reference Collection is located on the first floor of the library. Items on Reserve are kept behind the Circulation Desk, and are usually limited to two hours of in-library use.