Collection Policies

General Collecting Guidelines
Collecting Codes

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers courses in anthropology, criminal justice, sociology and social work. Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in sociology or criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in sociology or criminal justice, a Master of Arts degree with a major in applied sociology or a Master of Arts in applied sociology with a criminal justice certificate. The Department currently has approximately five hundred majors.

Old Dominion University's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Norfolk State University's Department of Sociology, also offer a joint Master of Arts - Applied Sociology Major. This graduate degree is designed to serve as professional training for students seeking employment in federal, state and local government agencies or in private-sector organizations. In addition, the M.A. - Applied Sociology Major provides training in the fundamentals of sociology for students wishing to pursue a Ph.D in the social sciences. The Master of Arts program gives training in both theory and social research methods and offers the opportunity to concentrate in three areas of specialization: sociology, criminal justice, and women's studies. Approximately half of the programs core courses and electives are taken at each institution.

The criminal justice collection also supports a variety of other undergraduate and graduate level programs at ODU. At the undergraduate level, criminal justice courses are integrated into the "perspectives - social science" area of the general education core. Additionally, the criminal justice collection supports undergraduate and graduate level work in the areas of psychology, sociology, women's studies, urban studies, political science and public administration and pre-law.

To support these program offerings the library must collect a broad base of criminal justice materials at the undergraduate level, and a narrower range of material at the graduate and research levels. The areas of heaviest concentration are violence and victim studies, corrections, policing, and juvenile delinquency.


Language Guidelines:
English will be the primary language of the collection. English language translations of foreign works will be collected on a selective basis. Non-English language materials will generally not be collected, although exceptions are possible in special circumstances.

Chronological Treatment of Subject Guidelines:
The collection development emphasis will be on current topics in both applied and theoretical areas.

 Geographical Guidelines:
The United States is the primary geographical area to be emphasized. However, the University's increasing emphasis on internationalization dictates that works pertaining to other regions, especially, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia be acquired selectively. Works related to criminal justice in the Virginia region should be collected extensively.

Treatment of Subject:
Historical works and scholarly biographies will be collected selectively. Non-scholarly monographs detailing specific criminal cases and investigations will be acquired only on a highly selective basis.

Types of Material:
ODU Library will collect scholarly monographs including bibliographies, conference proceedings, and reference works. It will maintain on-site access to core criminal justice periodicals and to bibliographic databases designed to facilitate access to criminal justice literature. In addition, the library will offer access points to criminal justice related information that is not available on-site including online database services and Internet accessible resources. The Library may selectively acquire audio-visual materials and digital numeric data sets.

Date of Publication:
Current materials published within the past five years will receive priority. Older materials may be selectively acquired in order to fill in weak areas of the collection or as the research emphasis of the department changes.

Other General Considerations:

  1. Interdisciplinary Relationships: Related collection development statements are sociology, women's studies, political science, urban studies and psychology.
  2. Local/Regional/Consortia Resources: Norfolk State University offers a B.A. in Sociology - Criminal Justice Concentration; Christopher Newport University offers a B.S.G.A. - Specialty in Criminal Justice Administration; Hampton University offers a B.A. degree in Sociology with emphasis in criminology. Tidewater Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Protective Services. Regent University and the College of William & Mary both have accredited law schools. Both Norfolk and Virginia Beach public library systems operate public law libraries in the area.
  3. The library's Silverplatter subscription offers remote access to a number of databases containing criminal justice related articles, including Criminal Justice Abstracts and PsycInfo.

  4. Center For Research Libraries: The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) offers a variety of criminal justice resources. This collection is especially useful for historical materials, foreign monographs and periodicals, and doctoral dissertations.
  5. Virtual Library of Virginia: IAC InfoTrac, OCLC Firstsearch, and Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (Sociological Abstracts), available through the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) include a number of databases offering abstracts and some fulltext for criminal justice related subjects.
  6. Government Publications: Government publications received through ODU Library's participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) are particularly useful in criminal justice. Essential materials include those produced by various United States Department of Justice agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Justice Statistics. The Justice Department also operates the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), a clearinghouse for criminal justice related information. The Library offers access to many of these documents in print, CD-ROM, or through the Internet.
  7. Virginia State documents are also crucial for students and faculty working on local/regional criminal justice subjects. The library is part of the state depository library system and should continue its participation in this program.

    A considerable amount of international criminal justice related material is available through the United Nations Criminal Justice Information Network (UNCJIN). The UNCJIN maintains a Web site at

  8. Distance Education: The University offers the criminal justice program statewide through its TELETECHNET program. Criminal justice degrees will also be offered at the new Virginia Beach campus.
  9. Additional Considerations: Cecil Greek's Criminal Justice Links ( provides a good gateway to criminal justice material on the Internet.
Summary of Collection Strengths and Weaknesses:

Recent collection assessment shows the criminal justice collection is relatively strong in all areas. The library will need to focus on expanding collection access to students at the new Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and other remote locations. Review of current journal holdings for deletions and additions would also be preferable.


Collecting Codes
key to collecting codes

Discipline: Criminal Justice
Bibliographer: Stuart Frazer (
Date: 12/98
 LC Class
Subject Descriptors
Collection Code
HM217 Crime - Sociological Aspects 3b  
Violence 4 Area of faculty research
HM291 Deviant Behavior 3b  
HV5800-5840 Drug Abuse 4 Area of faculty research
HV6001-7220.5 Crime 3b  
HV6001-6030 Criminology 3b  
HV6250.4.W65 Women - Crimes Against 4 Area of faculty research
HV6437-HV6439 Gangs 3  
Sex Crimes 3a  
HV7231-9960 Criminal Justice, Admin of 3b  
HV7231-9920 Punishment 3a  
HV7431 Crime - Prevention 3  
HV7551-8280.7 Police 4  
HV8023 Policewomen 4  
HV8301-9920 Prisons 4 Area of faculty research
Juvenile Delinquency 3b  
HV9279 Community Based Corrections 3b  
KF8700 Courts 3b  
KF9219 Criminal Law 3b