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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Use this guide to navigate your way through the world of information in the interdisciplinary social and behavioral sciences.

Library Statistics Sources

FedStats - access to government datasets for your own analysis

Statistical Abstract of the United States
HA202 .A388
West Reference

Statistics Web Sites


Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Quick access to a variety of data including crimes and victims, criminal offenders, law enforcement, courts and sentencing, prosecution, corrections, federal justice, expeditures and employment, etc.

International Justice Statistics - BJS
Includes BJS publications, justice statistics from the United Nations, Official country websites and more.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
This page from the University of Michican contains data sets on a variety of topics that can be downloaded and analyzed. Guides are available for each resource.



Crime in Arizona - AZ DPS
The purpose of the Crime in Arizona Report is to provide data regarding the nature and extent of crime throughout the State.

Crime Reports -
Search and map crimes reported to Valley law enforcement agencies. You can search by city, ZIP code or street name and by a specific crime type or all crimes.




Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
This source "brings together data from more than 100 sources about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States. These data are displayed in over 600 tables."

Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) - from FBI
"A nationwide cooperative statistical effort of nearly 17,000 city, county and state law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes brought to their attention."

National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
"The NCVS is the Nation's second largest ongoing household survey. Survey data tell us how many rapes, sexual assaults, robberies, assaults, thefts, household burglaries, and motor vehicle thefts U.S. residents age 12 or older and their households experience each year."

Homocide Trends in the United States - from BJS
"This site contains a series of charts that describe homicide patterns and trends in the U.S. since 1976."

Statistics on Drugs and Crime - from BJS
This BJS page provides links to a variety of data on issues where drugs and crime intersect.

National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA)
"The primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population, age 12 and older."

Arrestee Drug Monitoring Program (ADAM)
This National Insititute of Justice page provides links to data gathered by the ADAM program from 2000, 2003 with access to data sets that cover 1987-2003.

Intimate Partner Violence in the United States - from BJS
Use links to data on a variety of topics to learn about victim and offender characteristics, circumstances of the crime and the types of injuries and treatment victims receive.

Hate Crime Statistics - UCR
Links to this annual publication are provided here from 1995 to the most recent available.

Global Report on Crime and Justice
Includes data that have been collected by the United Nations and ancillary bodies concerning crime, criminal justice and crime prevention over the past 25 years.


Sentencing and Corrections


Corrections Statistics - from BJS
One stop shopping page that includes graphs summarizing trend data statistics and pages with "information, statistics and publications regarding capital punishment, jails, prisons, probation and parole."

Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics
Data by state
"This Sourcebook contains descriptive statistics on the application of the federal sentencing guidelines and provides selected district, circuit, and national sentencing data."

Quick Facts - Bureau of Federal Prisons
Includes statistics on prisoners by age, security level, gender, race, ethnicity,type of offence and sentencing.

Executions in the United States
This site developed by the Dealth Penalty Information Center provides a links to pages that outline the history and methods of executions in the US.

Database of Execution - Dealth Penalty Information Center
This database enables searchers to find executions by name, victim, age, gender, ethnicity, state and more.


Law Enforcement 

Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, (LEMAS) 
Compiled from the 1999 LEMAS survey, this report presents agency-specific data collected from more than 700 State and local agencies that employed 100 or more sworn officers.

Law Enforcement Officers Killed - UCR
Links to this annual publication are provided here from 1996 to the most recent available.


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