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Finding Peer-Reviewed Research Articles (Empirical Studies) in Criminology Journals

This guide provides suggestions on where and how to look for studies (research) from high quality criminology journals. Options include browsing peer-reviewed sociology journals or searching databases containing criminology studies

Searching Criminology Journals in OneSearch

Use OneSearch if you have a topic.

No topic? If you don't have a topic,
browse some of the peer-reviewed high impact Criminology journals found on the first page of this guide.


Once you generate a list of articles from "Peer-reviewed Journals"

  1. Check to be sure your article comes from a Criminology journal - i.e., check to see if the name of the journal can be found in the list of Criminology journals found in this guide (a list of highly-regarded Criminology journals generated by Journal Citation Reports).

    You will find the name of the journal in front of the publication year, volume number, and page numbers in a OneSearch result (a result that has the heading "ARTICLE").

    In the following example the name of the journal is The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency which appears just before the title of the article and place of publication information. Note the icon indicating that this is a peer-reviewed journal. 

    The journal name will appear directly below the title (and possible the place of publication) in a OneSearch results entry. If the journal is peer-reviewed that will be indicated by a blue icon directly beneath the name of the journal.
  2. If the journal is a Criminology journal then open the article to see if it is a study. In most cases a study (research article) will contain a Results section and a Discussion section.


The plus and minus of using OneSearch to locate peer-reviewed studies.


  • PLUS:      Access to recently published Criminology studies.
  • PLUS:      Limit to peer-reviewed journals.
  • PLUS:      Focus your search using either the Title or Subject options.
  • MINUS:    Must check to see if the article comes from a Criminology journal (and not a journal from a different discipline - e.g., political science). Check on the List of Criminology Journals option in this guide (list generated by Journal Citation Reports).
  • MINUS:    Must review the article to be sure it is a “study” (i.e., research or empirical study). Note - many quantitative studies will have sections labeled. Method/Methods/Methodology  and  Results  and  Discussion - however, many qualitative studies may use different terminology.