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Law Enforcement Research Guide: Books & e-Books

Provides resources for those interested in Law Enforcement.

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Finding Law Enforcement Books at PHSC


The Library's Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress' classification system.  

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The Library of Congress classification for Law Enforcement is Subclass H section V (HV)


HV 1-9960      Social pathology, Social and public                            welfare, & Criminology

  • 551.2-639        Emergency management
  • 4005-4013        Immigrants
  • 4023-4470.7     Poor in cities. Slums
  • 4480-4630        Mendicancy, Vagabondism, Tramps,                        & Homelessness
  • 4961-4995        Degeneration
  • 5001-5720.5     Alcoholism, Intemperance, &                                 Temperance reform
  • 5725-5770        Tobacco habit
  • 5800-5840        Drug habits & Drug abuse
  • 6001-7220.5     Criminology
  • 6035-6197        Criminal anthropology including                             criminal types, criminal & prison                             psychology, & causes of crime 
  • 6201-6249        Criminal classes
  • 6250-6250.4      Victims of crimes & Victimology
  • 6251-6773.55    Crimes and offenses
  • 6774-7220.5      Crimes and criminal classes
  • 7231-9960        Criminal justice administration
  • 7428                Social work with delinquents and                           criminals
  • 7431                Prevention of crime, methods, etc.
  • 7435-7439        Gun control
  • 7551-8280.7      Police, Detectives, & Constabulary
  • 7935-8025        Administration and organization
  • 8031-8080        Police duty. Methods of protection
  • 8035-8069        Special classes of crimes,                                     offenses & criminals
  • 8073-8079.35    Investigation of crimes, &                                     Examination & identification of                               prisoners
  • 8079.2-8079.35 Police social work
  • 8079.5-8079.55 Traffic control & Traffic                                       accident investigation
  • 8081-8099        Private detectives & Detective                             bureaus
  • 8290-8291        Private security services
  • 8301-9920.7     Penology, Prisons, & Corrections
  • 9051-9230.7     Juvenile offender, Juvenile                                     delinquency & Reform schools etc.
  • 9261-9430.7     Reformation and reclamation of adult                       prisoners

Reading Library of Congress Call Numbers

Reading LC Call Numbers

  • describes the subject arearead in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic:read as a whole number
  • B634- describes the author's last name or title of work: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication:read in chronological order