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On this page, you will find key, specialist resources for studying probation. You will find guidance on finding books, journals, databases, handbooks and encyclopaedias, as well as key websites.

We encourage you to use all the tabs on the Criminology guide to find general resources and guidance that will be useful and important for you. The “Referencing” tab will take you to our guidance for APA 7.

If you need any help, you can contact your Learning and Teaching Librarians through Hallam Help.

Searching for probation books

Most books relevant to Probation can be found at the Collegiate Library. However, you may need to use books from the Adsetts Library for some modules.

To find details of the exact location and availability of print books and electronic books, please use Library Search. On the search results page, click on the title of a book to see information about all the copies. To use an eBook click on the 'Available online' link underneath the title in the same search.

Use the shelfmark you find on Library Search to locate the book in the library. Here are some common shelfmarks for books on probation:



New Books


To explore an area in more detail, you will need to read journals. Journals and periodicals contain articles and are published at regular intervals. Journals are very good for keeping up to date with the latest news and research or for information about a very specific subject.


To find journals specific to Policing, you can use BrowZine. BrowZine is the catalogue of the electronic journals that the Hallam Library has access to. You can browse through the catalogue by subject area or search for a particular title. You can keep up to date with your favourite academic journals by downloading the BrowZine app to your mobile devise and saving your top journals. Each time a new issue of that journal is published, you will be alerted to the new content.


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Key journals


Professional Bodies/Probation Websites and Resources

The Probation Institute is a professional membership body, supporting practitioners across the UK probation and community justice sector. 

The Probation Service is a statutory criminal justice service that supervises high-risk offenders released into the community.

HM Inspectorate of Probation is the independent inspector of probation and youth offending services in England and Wales.

The National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) is the Trade Union, Professional Association and campaigning organisation for Probation and Family Court staff.

The National Probation Service (NPS), part of Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) is a statutory criminal justice service that supervises high-risk offenders released into the community.

The Youth Justice Board is a non-departmental public body responsible for overseeing the youth justice system in England and Wales.

The Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) is a Non Departmental Public Body established by statute to deliver a public service and overseen by a Board rather than ministers.

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) carries out independent investigations into complaints and deaths in custody.

Online Handbooks and Dictionaries

Handbook of Probation by Loraine Gelsthorpe and Rodney Morgan.

Dictionary of Probation and Offender Management edited by Rob Canton