Forensic and Criminal Investigation & Criminology

On this page you will find many useful resources suitable for your course including physical Library stock, eBooks, eResources, websites and videos.

See also: Subject Guides for Science and Psychology

Finding Forensic and Criminology Resources

All books have a classification number on the spine. Here are some class marks to get you started. Click on the class marks below to find out what the Library has to offer for each topic. To request to borrow resources, please click here

Recommended Textbooks

Also available as an eBook via VLeBooks

Also available as an eBook via VLeBooks

Available as an eBook via VLe Books

This text provides an engaging overview to the core topics within Forensic Psychology, guiding the reader through this exciting and popular discipline. Combining a discussion of theory with information about the role of a professional forensic psychologist, it addresses such key issues and includes a glossary of key terms, case studies and suggestions for further reading, this is an informative study guide for anyone approaching the academic study of Forensic Psychology for the first time.

This textbook has been written for a different qualification, however, there are crossovers with our forensic and criminology course. This textbook has key reading for types, categories and classifications of crime, crime statistics, theories of crime and the media and crime.

The textbook also has case studies which will be interesting to consider.

This revision guide is an extension to the textbook above and so has been made for a different course, but with some crossovers.

It includes key points, checklists and case studies which are relevant for our course.

This textbook is relevant to A Level Sociology specification, however, many of the topics covered within this BTEC Forensic and Criminal Investigation unit overlap. It is therefore a useful textbook for wider reading around the subjects covered in class.

Student Support Materials: Crime and Deviance

This too is relevant to A Level Sociology specification, focusing specifically on crime and deviance. It contains relevant information for theoretical explanations of crime.


Sociology Review (Phillip Allan Updates)

While this journal focuses mainly on sociology, it is a good searchable tool in which students can locate articles relevant to criminal behaviour.

Sociology Review Article: The Rise and Rise of Cybercrime, Vol 25, 2015 – 2016, p24

Sociology Review Article ‘Official Crime Statistics’, Vol 25, 2015 – 2016, p6

Sociology Review Article: The Press Portrayal of Crime, Vol 20, 2010 – 2011, Feb 2011

Sociology Review Article: The media and female offenders, Vol 19, 2009 – 2010, No 2, Nov 2010

Sociology Review Article on victims of crime: Research Roundup: The Victims of Crime, Vol 17, 2007 – 2008, No 4 April 2008

The Library subscribes to a number of course specific and general interest magazines, journals and newspapers across the centres. You may find the publications below useful for your course or subject area. You can also view our full collection of weekly and monthly publications here.

Science Focus
New Scientist
Psychology Review
Sociology Review

Recommended online reading

Here is a list of recommended web pages with information relating to various topics of your course. Click an image link to go to that website. Please note that these are external sites and Northampton College holds no responsibility over their content or availability.

Planet eStream Videos

Planet eStream is an amazing video-on-demand service that holds thousands of film, TV and radio resources for use with your studies. Click below to search videos you may find useful for your course.

To log in:

  1. Go to Planet eStream
  2. Enter your College login details and password then click Log in

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Information and Study skills

The Library can offer support within any of the following areas. Click on any of the topics below to go to the Information and Study Skills Moodle page which includes Study Smart courses for each topic as well as activities, PowerPoint presentations and useful information leaflets.


The Library's Learning Facilitators are available to support you in developing your writing, computer, information and study skills. They are here to help you on your path to independent learning. If you need help with any of the areas listed above please talk to a Learning Facilitator.

Please note that access to Learning Facilitators this year is via appointment only. Please email with information on which areas or topics you would like help with. We will then arrange an appointment with you as soon as possible.

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