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Finding Books and E-Books

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Most books relevant to Criminology 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


Subject Shelfmark
Criminal Law 345
Criminal Justice 345.05
Victims of Crime 362.88
Criminology 364
Criminology theory 364.1
Hate Crime 364.15



Textbooks deal with a particular topic or subject in detail. Books are excellent sources for:

  • Locating background information on a particular topic
  • Finding a good summary or overview of research on a topic

There are many different types of books.

  • Textbooks - offer a broad overview and introduction to their topics and are usually written by experts specifically for students. They are usually lengthy (around 500 pages) and will have graphs and illustrations to help you understand the content. Many of the textbooks provided by Sheffield Hallam are also available online as e-books.


  • Edited Books - This type of book is a collection of chapters written by different authors. An edited book will have a main central topic and each chapter author will write in more detail about an aspect of this topic.



(Information taken from Leeds Beckett Law Subject Guide at

Using eBooks

If possible, the Library will stock both the eBook and print versions of books as we know this is important for students working away from the University. Unfortunately publishers do not always offer an eBook in a format suitable for library use, or it is not available at the time we order the print version.

How to find eBooks

  • Go to the Library Gateway
  • Search for your keywords in Library Search
  • In the Refine my results section, click on Online and Books / eBooks
  • You have now limited your results to eBooks
  • You can now read the eBook by choosing a book and follow the link(s) available under Find Online and click on the name of the eBook provider e.g. Dawson.

How to use an eBooks

How you can use an eBook depends on terms and conditions set by the publisher.  In most cases you will be able to choose between reading online and downloading the eBook for a limited period to your own device. When downloaded eBooks expire you can download them again.

Most eBooks can be read by more than one reader at a time but sometimes you may have to wait if another reader is using the book.You can search within individual eBooks, add notes and print or copy a limited number of pages from most eBooks.

Further help

If you need further help please take a look at the Help pages for eBooks or get in contact.

What to do if a book is not available in the Library

If there's a book which you need but which we don't have in stock, we can ask another library to loan you a copy, or to email you a copy of an individual  chapter or section. This can be done through our document supply service.

If you think a book may be useful for other students or staff as well as yourself, you can also request that the Library buys a copy. We can't promise to buy everything, but will do what we can for feasible requests which are relevant to courses at Sheffield Hallam.

New resources for Criminology

Recommend something for the library

We love books... and are always looking for new publications to support your learning and teaching, and to keep the library collections up to date with high-quality materials.  If you think we're missing something crucial though, we'd like to hear about it.  You can let us know here.