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Law Enforcement: Getting Started

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All students enrolled in SPSC courses have access to IACPnet for the duration of the class term. IACPnet, a resource published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has a searchable database that includes the following trade journals full-text:


Access to IACPnet is limited to students currently enrolled in the School of Police Staff and Command. We regret that we are unable to share login information with patrons and researchers in other departments.


AELE Monthly Law Journal

American City and County

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

Forensic Magazine



The Police Chief


Citing sources

Library Introduction Videos

The following videos provide an introduction to the library and its services for distance students in the SPSC program. Students participating in the on-campus sessions at Northwestern may also find them useful for overviews of searching the catalog, using IACP Net, and better understanding our collections and how we can help with staff study research.

Key Resources

The Transportation Library of Northwestern University has supported the curriculum of the Center for Public Safety (originally the Traffic Institute), since 1958. Since that time, we have collected materials in the fields of law enforcement supervision and police management. We have also indexed law enforcement literature in the Transportation Library's periodical index, NUTranLit. This research guide is another effort to support study and research on the topics of law enforcement management and supervision.

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Northwestern University
Transportation Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Transportation Library General Information

Reference staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For answers to general questions, contact our Reference Desk at 847-491-5273 or

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The Transportation Library staff is here to serve the information needs of the Northwestern University community with individual research appointments and user education for classes. Contact us to schedule an appointment.