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CRIM 203 (Historical Perspectives in Criminal Justice) Course Guide: eBooks

This guide helps you find ebooks and online resources, including primary sources, as you get started with your research. For additional help finding sources, ask a librarian!

Why Use Academic Books When Articles Are Shorter?

Academic Books

Good researchers combine the big picture (context) with more focused details. One way to do this is to consult both books and articles. To have a good research experience, keep these points in mind :

  • You are not expected to read entire academic books as part of academic research! You are looking for a useful chapter or section of a chapter. Use the table of contents links or the "search within" tool in ebooks to save time!
  • Academic articles can be highly specialized. They are responses to larger debates that have progressed through many articles written by many different experts. These experts are responding to each other and already know a lot about the topic!
  • Books frequently give more context and summary of these debates: they can be a good entry point when you are learning about a topic.
  • For historical research, books can be an additional source of primary materials like letters and memoirs.

Keywords to Subject headings

Topic / Ideas Library of Congress Subject heading
Prostitution in Canada
  • Prostitution -- Canada--History
  • Prostitutes
  • Brothels
  • Sex and law -- Canada
  • Women -- Legal status, laws,etc.
Aboriginal history of Canada
  • Indians of North America -- Canada -- History
  • First Nations
  • Native peoples -- Canada 
  • Indigenous peoples -- Canada
  • Metis (or other tribe names)
Sentencing in Canada
  • Sentences (Criminal procedure) -- Canada
  • Trials
  • Courts -- Canada
  • Judicial process -- Canada
Execution in Canadian History
  • Executions and executioners  -- Canada -- History
  • Hanging
  • Gallows
Racism in justice system
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- Canada
  • Race discrimination -- Canada 
  • Equality before the law -- Canada
  • Crime and race -- Canada
Racism (or gender inequality in the news)
  • Racism in the press
  • Mass media and sex
  • Women -- Press coverage
  • Discrimination
  • Press coverage
Youth justice in Canada
  • Street youth -- Legal status, laws, etc -- Canada
  • Canada. Youth Juvenile Delinquents Act
  • Homeless youth 
  • Juvenile justice, Administration of -- Canada
Women in prison
  • Female offenders -- Canada
  • Women murderers -- Canada
  • Prison administration -- Canada
  • Correctional institutions -- Canada
  • Corrections
  • Imprisonment
Policing in Canada
  • Police -- Canada
  • Law enforcement -- Canada
  • Racial profiling in law enforcement -- Canada
Criminal justice
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Corrections
  • Criminal courts
  • Sex discrimination in criminal justice administration 
  • Jurisprudence
Representation of crime
  • Mass media and criminal justice
  • Crime in mass media




This guide was adapted with permission from a course guide by Douglas College Library. In particular, it draws on links to primary sources and suggested keywords and subject headings for Canadian historical research in Criminology.