To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:
Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You can limit your search by using AND and adding more keywords to retrieve resources that have both words in the record. For example:
crime AND custody
prison AND social control
Use OR to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search:
(prison OR custody) AND offenders AND rehabilitation
Refer to our search tips for details on how to search on the library catalogue effectively. These tips also work with databases.
Another way to navigate the catalogue is to use the hyperlinked subject headings in item records. Once clicked on, these headings will show you related subjects around your area and the all the books that the library has related to that subject. Refer to the images below.
Below is a list of links to subject headings that will take you to books relevant to criminology.
When searching for biographies/autobiographies or personal accounts by criminals, you can search the catalogue using keyword search or search using subject headings. (Don't forget, you can search Bonus too, for books held at other libraries).
You may find that criminals' accounts or reflections on their lives may be within chapters or sections of books, rather than complete books dedicated to the person concerned. Often the contents of books will not be listed on the catalogue records. This will necessitate going to the collection areas and browsing through the books you have identified via the catalogue.
Some useful keywords are listed below. You should try different combinations of keywords to find any useful catalogue records. If you have particular people you wish to find, use their names with some of the other keywords. The asterisk (*) is a truncation device, which searches for any variants after the stem.
Some Dewey areas (DDC) to browse in the Baillieu Library.
345.03 Offenders - ready reference works.
364.106 Organized crime.
364.1066 Gangsterism and gangs.
364.1092 Biographies of criminals.
364.15230942 Murder - England
364.15230973 Murder - United States
364.152309944 Murder - New South Wales
364.152309945 Murder - Victoria
364.15232 Serial murder
364.15232092 Serial killers biography.
364.15234 Mass murder
364.994 Crime - Australia.
923.41 Biographical works (historical) - criminals.