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CJS - Criminal Justice: Find Drug Info

Information to help students complete assignments in criminal justice courses.

Reliable Web Sites

Reference Books & Dictionaries

The Gale Virtual Reference Library  (GVRL) titles provide basic information on many of your topics:

  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders
  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health

You can search the entire GVRL collection by typing your search term(s) in the search box at the top of the main page or you can choose a title and search within it.  When you click on a cover you will see the "within publication" search box on the right side of the page.

You will find more reference books when searching the InfoTrac databases. Search your topic - then choose "Books" from "Your Results".

Library Databases

The Library's databases contain magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, video files, audio files, and podcasts. 


Nursing and Allied Health Collection Web image     What databases will be the best for this project?

     For articles, search the Nursing & Allied Health database .

Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals  - Search under "Drugs by Name, Generic & Brand" under Drug Information.

In the box labeled Drugs, click on "show all".  On the resulting page click on the drug you are interested in learning more about.  This will bring you to an overview of that drug as well as related reference, magazine, academic journal, and news articles.


Kirtland librarians also recommend searching Opposing Viewpoints in Context. In the search box, type "narcotics" or a specific narcotic/drug. You will find lists of viewpoints, journals, statistics, audiofiles, newspapers, images, videos, reference books, magazines, and websites.


Note: You will need to use your Single Sign-On user name and password to access the Library's databases.

Suggested Subject Heading for Books and Articles

Try these subjects headings when looking for information:

  • cannabis
  • club drugs
  • drug names (cocaine, heroin, speed, methamphetamine, etc.)
  • hallucinogens
  • illegal drugs
  • inhalants
  • marijuana
  • medical marijuana
  • narcotics
  • opiates
  • steroids
  • toxicology