Criminology, sociology and social policy

Providing access to quality Criminology, sociology and social policy resources and subject support.

Databases View more

Here are the key databases/online resources to start finding information in your subject area. Click on 'View more' to go to the full listing for the Library, and use the filters to find more for this subject and others.

Books E-books Catalogue

You can access books and e-books via the Catalogue (also known as Library Catalogue Plus) to search for and check their availability. The Catalogue also provides links to e-books and displays the shelf marks of physical books in the Library. We have detailed the shelf marks of the most popular topics below (the level is for the Library in Loughborough).

Subject / title Pilkington level Shelfmark
Sociology 2 301
Social psychology 2 302
Social science research methodology 2 300.72
Social Groups 2 305
Culture and institutions 2 306
Criminal law 2 345
Criminology 2 364

Videos View more

Use the videos to learn more about some resources or finding information.

Frequently asked questions View more

Here are some of the most popular questions asked by students in this subject. If you have a different question, check 'View more' or ask your Academic Librarian.

How can I access an article in a database?

Some databases provide the full-text of the article in the database in either HTML or PDF format. Others just give you the basic details but you have to access the full-text via a link that might say 'SFX' or 'Full-text'.

If you are on-campus or have the VPN activated on your device when you are off-campus, you should click on the link and it will take you to the full-text if the Library subscribes to the journal.

If it doesn't do this, then search Library Catalogue Plus to see if we subscribe to the journal you need (including the correct year).  If you get stuck, contact the Library (

How do I access an eBook?

From Library Catalogue Plus look at the options at the side of the page and click on ‘eBook’ in the ‘Format’ section to limit the results to eBooks. Click on ‘Get full text’ to open the eBook.

How do I find newspapers?

Go to the All Databases listing select 'Filter listing' then 'Newspapers'.  Nexis UK includes the text of the main English language newspapers (regional, national, international), plus non-English language sources too. You can search current news or do more historical searches. Some UK titles date back to 1985; international titles vary. You can also access archives of some historical newspapers

Can the Library help me to improve my writing style and provide advice on other academic skills?

If you would like help with your writing style, the Academic Language Support Service offer workshops which might take place within your modules or which you can sign up to attend separately.  You can also visit Learn module LUA001: Study Skills for some useful tips and guidance on a range of other academic skills.

How do I access resources off-campus?

You need to search via the VPN and multi-factor authentication (MFA) when you are off campus, this link will show you how to download this onto your device.

How can I get help with referencing? (Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy students)

Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy uses the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style in all student work assessed by the Department.

A basic 7th edition APA referencing guidelines document is available from the Departmental Learn site. For more information, see the APA website 

There is further guidance on this style from Cite them right online as well as a support provided by the Library. London students should check which style they should use with their module leader or supervisor.