For a significant selection of articles on police reform, policing trends and dynamics, please visit my colleague, Evan Rusch's guide on Police Reform (page dedicated to recent research). Note that these titles link out to University of Minnesota collections, so it is recommended that you cut and paste these titles into Google Scholar to access Emory's subscribed versions. Be sure that you have Emory "library links" activated in Google Scholar (see section of guide on accessing materials remotely).
Topics in criminology and justice have many aspects including sociological, psychological, public policy, religious, etc. Following is a list of some of the major databases and indexes relevant to this topic. Many of these databases have direct links to full-text either through hyperlinks or the Find it at Emory button.
The following two databases are the most important for sociology and cover this topic. While there is overlap between the two, each has much unique material:
Indexes and abstracts the international literature in sociology and related fields. Covers almost 2000 journals, plus relevant dissertation listings, abstracts of conference papers, and selected books. This is a smaller, more academic database with more foreign language material than SocINDEX.
SocINDEX with Full Text (1895-date)
Indexes and abstracts over 2500 journals, conference papers, and relevant books and dissertations in sociology and related fields. Includes some popular literature. Includes additional full-text for many (but not all) citations. Provides deep historical coverage for major journals, e.g. American Journal of Sociology is indexed back to 1895.
Another important database for the political aspects of crime and justice is
Another important database for the behavioral aspects of crime and justice is:
Covers the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines. Includes journals of interest to sociologists but not covered in the standard sociology databases, e.g. Law and Human Behavior. Coverage is worldwide and includes references and abstracts to over 1300 journals in over 20 languages, and to English language books and book chapters.
To cover the legal issues:
HEIN ONLINE Full-text searchable database of over 150 legal periodicals. Scope varies for different publications and latest years are not usually covered; see the journal list on the website for details.
Growing compilation of public policy
publications from relevant think tanks, institutes and centers. Focus is on social policy and both qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluating policy are highlighted.
Somewhat dated, and difficult to search, but full text of policy papers and reports. A digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research. Collects and disseminate summaries and full texts, videos, reports, briefs, and multimedia material of think tank, university, government, and foundation-funded policy research
Current and historical; NBER is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. Provides data sets about macroeconomics, industry, international trade, individual income and expenditure data, etc. Also includes working paper series. Many of these papers focus on the economic implications (intended and unintended) of various public policies.
Urban Institute Excellent research, data, and analysis on a wide variety of socioeconomic issues. Full-text reports available and searchable via their website.