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* Criminology: Crime-related statistics

Resources for Criminology Research

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Note: some of these resources allow/require you to create your own tables based on your information needs

Internet Resources for General Country Information

Since there is no authority control for the Internet, it is important, in choosing Internet resources, to evaluate the authenticity of the source. The MARINER Tutorials provide helpful tips for Evaluating Websites.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (United States)
One of the best places for a variety of criminal justice statistics. Be sure to look at the site's alphabetical listing of publications and the International Justice Statistics section.

International Crime Victim Survey
An important source of criminal justice data, the ICVS is conducted every few years with the purpose of providing a more realistic picture of crime in countries by means of household surveys and by standardizing the definitions of crimes. This site allows you to view some statistics online, as well as browse a complete list of publications based on the Survey.

International Data Base (IDB)
Maintained by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, this is a good source for demographic and socioeconomic information about countries all over the world.

Internet Public Library
Has an extensive listing of online newspapers throughout the world.

Maine Statistical Analysis Center
A collaborative service of the University of Southern Maine's Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service and the Maine Department of Corrections, the Center publishes the Maine Crime and Justice Data Book online annually.

Statistical Agencies (International)
Another U.S. Census Bureau site, this site provides links to the official statistical agencies of foreign governments, listed alphabetically by country.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Searchable site with links to many publications such as the United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and World Drug Report.

United Nations Statistics Division
A searchable compilation of demographic, economic, social and environmental statistics from many source

Local level crime

Bureau of Justice Statistics RSS Feed

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These are introduced as they come in; if you want to search topically, see the BJS Data and Product Finder in the upper left box.