Here are a selection of suggested books, ebooks, websites, and journals (for articles) to help you get started on your research for assignments. There are also links to search results in WorldCat Discovery for topics specific to your courses.
If you don't find what you need, try searching keywords on your topic in Discovery or one of the specialized Sociology/Criminal Justice databases. Use Advanced Search and select "Subject" or "Title" fields in which to search your keywords.
When you search an individual EBSCOhost database for articles, all of its helpful tools will be available, including Subject Terms, Cited References (an article's bibliography of related articles), and Times Cited (later articles that cite your chosen article). Cited References and Times Cited are great for doing literature reviews.
JSTOR has full-text of journals going back decades in some cases, but not the latest articles; it's especially good for literature reviews or a historical perspective on a topic. Go to HeinOnline if your topic involves a legal issue such as discrimination, governmental regulation, or criminal law.
To find book-length dissertations and theses on a sociology or criminal justice topic (including some written as early as the nineteenth century), use ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Many are available in full-text; others may require interlibrary loan.
Some of the most authoritative and up-to-date information is available in full-text at these websites from the Department of Justice and other agencies: