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Common Assignment & Research Questions

Answers to the questions we get asked most about your assignments.


Looking for true crime books?

Use the subtabs under "True crime"

Mafia/Organized Crime


Criminals (general)

to see suggested books

Note: book descriptions in this guide taken from WorldCat and

Finding true crime books in the library

Find True Crime Books:

Do a keyword search in SWAN for the type of criminal you're interested in and add the terms: (biography or "case studies")


mafia and (biography or "case studies")
serial murdersrs and (biography or "case studies")
criminals and (biography or "case studies")
terrorists and (biography or "case studies")

Try searching the MOBIUS catalog to find even more!

MOBIUS Union Catalog Search

MOBIUS is a resource sharing library network that allows access to thousands of books, ebooks, media, and more! MOBIUS allows you to request materials from academic/public libraries all across the U.S.! 


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