The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) archives and disseminates over 2,700 data collections on crime and justice. Located within the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), NACJD is sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the United States Department of Justice.
To facilitate greater understanding of how these data are utilized and discussed, the ICPSR Bibliography of Data-related Literature matches data held in the NACJD archive to works resulting from data analyses. As opposed to a traditional bibliography published once or only occasionally updated via newer editions, the Bibliography is modified and added to on a daily basis in an effort to keep up with the pace of online publications and new data submissions. Population and maintenance of the Bibliography still requires intense human curation, especially since many references to criminal justice data are indirect, incomplete, or opaque.
As a librarian working with NACJD over the past year, it has been my responsibility to employ an effective methodology for tracking our data’s presence in the criminal justice literature. Presented in this poster is the implementation of collection development principles to establish an approach to browsing newly published criminal justice literature, crafting effective search queries, and creating email alerts when our data are used (whether formally cited or not). This approach fills a gap in bibliographic work that has yet to be machine-duplicated.
Sarah Burchart– Information Resources Technical Specialist, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research