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CRIM20006 Punishment and Social Control: Books

This guide has been designed to support your research assignments and contains links to library resources relevant to criminology. It also includes examples of different resource types and information on how to evaluate them.

The library catalogue

To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:


Australian prisons

"social control"

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 the Help on keyword searching for tips 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.

Looking for something we don't have?

If you can't find what you're looking for or an item is unavailable in the catalogue try the following options:

  • Search the BONUS+ catalogue to request an item from another university's library
  • Sign up for a CAVAL card to borrow from non-unimelb libraries