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Answered By: Susan Cassidy
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016     Views: 113

There are many sources for information on gang violence including library databases, the library catalog, and the web.

1) There is general background information on gang violence (not local information) available in the MJC Library databases. From the Find Articles page I recommend the Gale Virtual Reference Library and Issues and Controversies (found in the Facts on File databases). You will have to enter your W number without the W and your 6 digit birthdate if you are off campus. The search term "gang violence" brings up helpful looking books and articles.

2) Searching "gang violence" in the WorldCat @MJC library catalog from the homepage brings up a few likely looking print books, which you can come to the library to borrow. These books will provide background information rather than local information.

3) Good places to find information on local crime are the web sites of law enforcement agencies, such as: City of Modesto Police Department and Attorney General of California: (look for Crime Data under Programs A-Z, or search "gang violence" in the search box.

4) Newspapers are also a good source for articles about local crime, although they usually don't provide a lot of statistics.  You can find Modesto Bee articles on gang violence by going to Find Articles and selecting Access World News either by name or by subject "news." (You will have to enter your W number without the W and your 6 digit birthdate if you are off campus.) Then, select Modesto Bee. Using "gang violence" as a search term, I found many articles about recent gang related crimes in our area.

Susan Cassidy 

Adjunct Librarian

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