Pathfinder: Violence & Violence Prevention

The following Pathfinder helps you find information relating to violence and its prevention:

“Severe and intense exercise of force and power, usually resulting in injury or destruction. The term “crimes of violence” pertains to those crimes in which physical harm occurs or is threatened, such as homicide, rape, aggravated assault, and battery.”– The Social Work Dictionary (5th ed.).

Please consult the Steps to Research and Writing a Paper for more detailed information.

Topic overview research materials:

1. Start by locating resources that provide an overview of your topic.

This will help you define terms in that discipline and provide background information in your subject area. Encyclopedias, handbooks and subject specific dictionaries offer good places to start.

Some titles specifically related to crime, violence, and/or violence preventionare:

Alt, B. L. S., & Wells, S. K. (2010). When caregivers kill: Understanding child murder by parents and other guardians. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. [MSASS HV6542.A48 2010]

Beck, E., Kropf, N. P., & Leonard, P. B. (Eds.). (2011). Social work and restorative justice: Skills for dialogue, peacemaking, and reconciliation. New York: Oxford University Press. [MSASS HV8688.S67 2011]. [Chap. 8 co-authored by David Crampton, MSASS Faculty. ]

Bosworth, M. (Ed.). (2005). Encyclopedia of prisons & correctional facilities (Vols. 1-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: SagePublications. [KSL HV9471.E693 2005]

Cameron, S., & Newman, E. (Eds.). (2008). Trafficking in humans: Social, cultural and political dimensions. Tokyo; New York: United Nations University Press. [MSASS HQ281.T717 2008]

Congress, E. P., & Gonzalez, M. J. (Eds.). (2005). Multicultural perspectives in working with families (2nd ed.). New York: Springer. [MSASS & KSL HV699.M85 2005]

Connors, P. (Ed.). (2007). Hate crimes. Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press. [MSASS HV6773.5 .H38 2007]

Doll, L. S., Bonzo, S. E., Sleet, D. A., Mercy, J. A., & Haas, E. N. (Eds.). (2007). Handbook of injury and violence prevention. New York: Springer. [OhioLINK EBC]

Dressler, J. (Ed.). (2002). Encyclopedia of crime and justice (2nd ed., Vols. 1-4). New York: Macmillan Reference USA. [Law HV6017 .E52 2002]

Durham, J. L. (1996). Crime in America: A reference handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. [OhioLINK EBC]

Ebbe, O. N. I., & Das, D. K. (Eds.). (2010). Criminal abuse of women and children: An international perspective. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press: International Police Executive Symposium.

Fisher, B. S., & Lab, S. P. (Eds.). (2010). Encyclopedia of victimology and crime prevention (Vols. 1-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. [MSASS Quick Reference HV6250.3.U5E55]

Flannery, D. J. (2006). Violence and mental health in everyday life: Prevention and intervention strategies for children and adolescents. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press. [MSASS RJ506.V56 F55 2006]

Flannery, D. J., Vazsonyi, A. T., & Waldman, I. D. (Eds.). (2007). The Cambridge handbook of violent behavior and aggression. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hagedorn, J. M. (Ed.). (2007). Gangs in the global city: Alternatives to traditional criminology. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press. [KSL HV 6437 .G354 2007]

Hampton, R. L., & Gullotta, T. P. (Eds.). (2006). Interpersonal violence in the African American community: Evidence-based prevention and treatment practices. New York: Springer. [MSASS HV6626.2 .I58 2006] [Also available at: OhioLINK EBC ]

Hilton, N. Z., Harris, G. T., & Rice, M. E. (2010). Risk assessment for domestically violent men: Tools for criminal justice, offender intervention, and victim services. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. [MSASS HV6626.H47 2010]

Jaffe, P. G., Baker, L. L., & Cunningham, A. J. (Eds.). (2004). Protecting children from domestic violence: Strategies for community intervention. New York: Guilford Press. [MSASS HV6626.2.P76 2004]

Johnson, H., Ollus, N., & Nevala, S. (Eds.). (2008). Violence against women: An international perspective. New York: Springer. [OhioLINK EBC]

Karch, S. B. (Ed.). (2007). Drug abuse handbook (2nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis. [MSASS Quick Reference RM316 .D76 2007]

Kellner, D. (2008). Guys and guns amok: Domestic terrorism and school shootings from the Oklahoma City bombing to the Virginia Tech massacre. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. [MSASS HN90.U6 K45 2008]

Kinnear, K. L. (2007). Childhood sexual abuse: A reference handbook (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. [MSASS HV6570.K55 2007] [Also available at OhioLINK EBC]

Kocsis, R. N. (Ed.). (2007). Criminal profiling: International theory, research, and practice. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press. [OhioLINK EBC]

Lau, K. J., Krase, K., & Morse, R. H. (2009). Mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect: A practical guide for socialworkers. New York: Springer Publishing Co. [MSASS HV6626.52 .L38 2009]

McClennen, J. C. (2010). Social work and family violence: Theories, assessment, and intervention. New York: Springer. [MSASS HV6626.2.M42 2010]

McCue, Margi L. (2008). Domestic violence: A reference handbook (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. [MSASS HQ809.3.U5.M385 2008] [Also available at OhioLINK EBC ]

McLaughlin, E., & Muncie, J. (Eds.). (2006). The Sage dictionary of criminology (2nd ed.). London; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [KSL HV12.S34 2006]

Mustard, D. B. (2003). Racial justice in America: A reference handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. [OhioLINK EBC]

Ness, C. D. (2010). Why girls fight: Female youth violence in the inner city. New York: New York Universeity Press. [MSASS HV6791.N38 2010]

Otto, R. K., & Douglas, K. S. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of violence risk assessment. New York: Routledge. [MSASS Quick Reference HM1116.H363 2010]

Renzetti, C. M., & Edleson, J. L. (Eds.). (2008). Encyclopedia of interpersonal violence (2nd ed., Vols. 1-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [OhioLINK EBC]

Renzetti, C. M., Edleson, J. L., & Bergen, R. K. (Eds.). (2011). Sourcebook on violence against women (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage. [MSASS HV6250.4.W65 S68 2011]

Roberts, A. R., & Springer, D. W. (Eds.). (2007). Social work in juvenile and criminal justice settings (3rd ed.). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. [MSASS HV7428 .S5745 2007]

Savona, E. U., & Stefanizzi, S. (Eds.). (2007). Measuring human trafficking: Complexities and pitfalls. New York: Springer New York. [OhioLINK EBC]

Schwartz, B. K., & Cellini, H. R. (Eds.). (1995-2008). The sex offender (Vols. 1-6). Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute. [MSASS Quick Reference RC560.S47 S467]

Walker, L. E. A. (2009). The battered woman syndrome (3rd ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Co. [MSASS HV6626.2.W33 2009]

Walker, S., Spohn, C., & DeLone, M. (2007). The color of justice: Race, ethnicity, and crime in America (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. [MSASS HV9950.W33 2007]

Welsh, B. C., & Farrington, D. P. (Eds.). (2006). Preventing crime: What works for children, offenders, victims and places. New York: Springer. [OhioLINK EBC]

Whitaker, D. J., & Lutzker, J. R. (Eds.). (2009). Preventing partner violence: Research and evidence-based intervention strategies. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Wilson, J. M., & Dalton, E. (2007). Human trafficking in Ohio: Markets, responses, and considerations. Santa Monica, CA: Rand. [MSASS HQ281.W55 2007] [Also Available Online]

Zahar, A., & Sluiter, G. (Eds.). (2008). International criminal law: A critical introduction. Oxford [England]; New York: Oxford University Press. [Law K5165 .Z34 2008]

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2. Search the online catalog for additional books that will give you the history, context, definitions and theories.

Below are suggested subject headings to use when searching the library catalog for information:

 

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3. Find some general articles on your topic.

After you have located books on your topic, start looking for general journal articles on your subject. Several general databases include:

  • Academic Search Complete
    Subjects: most academic topics
    Formats: journals, magazines, newspapers, books, book reviews
    Publication dates: 1887-present
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Subjects: news, law, business
    Formats: newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, company profiles, court cases
    Publication dates: most are 1990s – present; court cases are 1789 – present
  • Article First (OCLC)
    Subjects: business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, popular culture
    Formats: journal articles
    Publication dates: 1990 – present
  • Summon
    Subjects: interdisciplinary
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings, newspapers, images, databases and more available at CWRU
    Publication dates: Ongoing
  • TOPICsearch
    Subjects: current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries
    Formats: journal articles, magazine articles, biographies, book reviews, government information, public opinion polls, international newspapers
    Publication dates: 1990 – present

These databases are interdisciplinary and most provide a mix of popular magazine articles and scholarly research articles.

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4. Search subject specific databases for more scholarly journal articles.

After finding general journal articles on your topic, begin focusing on scholarly research articles. Citations, abstracts and, sometimes, the full-text of journal articles are found in a variety of research databases:

  • Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text
    Subjects: criminal justice and criminology
    Formats: journal articles
    Publication dates: 1912 – present
  • PsycINFO
    Subjects: psychology and related disciplines
    Formats: journal articles, books, dissertations
    Publication dates: 17th century – present
  • Social Work Abstracts
    Subjects: addictions, aging, child and family welfare, community organization, homelessness, human services, mental health, therapy
    Formats: journal articles
    Publication dates: 1965-present
  • SocINDEX
    Subjects: sociology, criminal justice, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family, religion, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, substance abuse, violence
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings
    Publication dates: 1895-present

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5. Browse current issues of journals that contain literature on your topic.

Journals that are most likely to contain information on the topic of violence and/or violence prevention include:

Child Abuse & Neglect. Online at OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog.). Available online from the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center from 1995 to present.

Crime & Delinquency. Online at: OhioLINK, Sage. (Public catalog.) [Harris Library hardcopy discontinued] This journal is geared for policy makers, scholars, and researchers in the criminal justice field. Available online 1984 to present.

Criminal Justice and Behavior. Online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog.) Available online from the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center from 1982 to present.

Criminology. Online at: E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog.) Available online from the OhioLINK Research Databases from 1970 to present.

Criminology and Criminal Justice. Online at: OhioLINK (Through 2006); OhioLINK (2006-current). E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog.) Available online from the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center from 2001 to present.

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog.)Available online from the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center from 1985 to present.

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. Online at: Taylor & Francis Online. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog) Available online from Taylor & Francis Online from 1997 to present.

Journal of Family Violence. Online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)Available online from the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center from 1997 to present.

Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Online at: OhioLINK, Sage. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog.) Available online from the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center from 1986 to present.

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Online at: OhioLINK, Sage. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog.) Available online from the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center from 1990 to present.

Violence and Victims. Online at: E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog.)Available online from the SocIndex from 2005 to present.

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6. Search online for additional information.

Information located through the Internet can provide supplemental material to scholarly research articles. Material retrieved from websites should always be evaluated for currency, authorship, bias and accuracy.

Below are selected websites with information on violence and/or violence prevention:

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7. Evaluate the information you have collected from books and articles.

Consult the bibliographies of the books and articles you have selected. This will lead you to additional references and authors to investigate. Make notes of the gaps in your literature so that you can use this information when you do additional searches. Click here for more information on evaluating the information you have collected.

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