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An introduction to crime and society's responses to it. Examines the nature and causes of crime, the criminal law, constitutional safeguards, and the organization and operation of the criminal justice system including the police, courts, jails, prisons


Welcome to the Introduction to Criminal Justice Library Resources Research Guide. Here you will find helpful information about locating sources on Criminal Justice in the South Mountain Community Library, the Libraries of Maricopa Community Colleges and the World Wide Web. 

Research Learning Outcome

At the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Identify and describe a manageable research topic appropriate to the scope of research questions and other information in AJS 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice, using discipline-specific terminology, methods, and contexts.
  • Represent team member and scholarship contributions in independent-collaborative projects accurately.
  • Demonstrate use of campus and community support learning centers.

Make Research Appointment and Support Contacts

Everyone needs a little help sometimes.


You don't have to research alone.  Librarians are research experts.  They are available to help you with a research question, choosing articles and books, citing sources, and other resources.
You can reach a South Mountain Community Library Librarian by:
  • Calling the Information and Reference Desk at (602) 243- 8194.  Your call will be transferred to another number. If necessary, please leave a voice mail.  Your call will be returned within 24 hours.
  • Visiting the online Information and Reference Service desk
  • Chatting 24/7 with a Librarian

Make Research Appointment - South Mountain Community College

with  Lora Largo, Faculty Librarian.  Fields of Interests liaison: Career Exploration, Culture and Society, and Health Sciences. Library Subject Liaison:  GED and American Indian Studies.

Hi there!

When scheduling, please be sure to use your SMCC email (  If you'd like to schedule a session after 5pm, this can be arranged!  Just email me at or call me at 602. 243. 8345. Please, leave your voice message.

Just a heads up, research help sessions can be conducted in-person and video conferencing using Google Meet, Google Hangouts, Webex Personal Meeting, Zoom or by phone -whichever works best for you!  If you choose the video option, you'll receive another email from me with directions. Thank you! See you soon.

NOTE:  Briefly describe your research topic or information requested. Please list library resources, such as, books, databases, articles or websites you have consulted (if any). This will help me prepare for your research appointment. Below click on the Schedule Research Appointment button.  And Upload a brief description of your research assignment. Thanks!


Sonya Tatum

Building:  BE 173


Phone:  (602) 243 - 8140

South Mountain Community College's Writing and Learning (Tutoring) Centers are located in the Learning Resources Center (LRC).   

The Writing Center

Contact by phone 602.305.5742 or website SMCC Writing Center.

Writing assistance are available by appointment or walk-in to help with generating ideas, drafting, grammar, revisions, citations, styles, and mechanics.

The Learning Resource Center

Contact by phone 602.243.8189 or website Tutoring and Learning Center

Professional tutors are available by appointment or walk-in to provide free tutoring to all current SMCC students.