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Criminology - Research Guide: Books

Books at Penn Libraries - Basic Searching

Franklin Catalog, the Penn Library's online catalog, lists more than two million books, journal titles, and other materials contained in campus libraries. Note: Penn Law's Biddle Law Library has its own completely separate library catalog, Search Center.
You can search Franklin by author, title, journal title, subject, or keyword. For information on searching, consult Franklin Search Help.

Keyword: Use Keyword searching to search for particular words or phrases that might appear in titles or notes or subjects:

Author: Try corporate bodies such as:

Subject: Some useful headings are listed below, with links to Franklin searches. These subjects can be combined with geographic terms (e.g. Philadelphia) to narrow your search.

Books at Penn - Keyword Expert Searching

Keyword Expert searching in Franklin Catalog allows you to combine separate concepts into one search using the operator AND. Keyword Expert searching also offers the opportunity to broaden your search results by adding synonyms for your search concepts with the OR operator.

The truncation symbol - * - at the end of a word or word stem will search for word variants and plurals. Watch out! Careless truncation can return bad results : polic* will retrieve "police" and "policing", but it will also retrieve "policy".

Subject Heading Keyword searching is useful for finding books about specific cities or countries.

Subject Heading Keyword searching is also helpful for focusing in on what a book is REALLY about. Compare these two Franklin Catalog searches for books:

Books Beyond Penn

Although the Penn Libraries' collection is large, there are still many reasons you might seek materials elsewhere. Listed below are options for finding books at other libraries.

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