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Criminal Justice

A guide to library research in Criminal Justice and related fields.

Getting Started with Research

Targeted Research Strategies for SPS - Best practices for making the most of your online searches whether in a library database, Google Scholar or a Google search.

Researching a Current Topic - This video will help you find the latest scientifically valid information out in the wilds of the internet, sometimes necessary when our topic is so new it hasn't been explored in peer reviewed articles.

Evaluating Current Information - This video provides strategies to analyze online information resources in relation to your everyday as well as your academic information needs.

Figuring out a Topic? 

Use articles in review journals to get an overview of recent research on specific topics with tons of links to peer reviewed research. One of the best resources for review articles is Annual Reviews

The information landscape is complex, and false and misleading information is rampant, so don't hesitate to contact me to help you navigate. We can set up a face-to-face or virtual meeting to get you going. Or you can always use the Chat feature on the library homepage, which is staffed by librarians Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Criminal Justice Databases

Criminal Justice & Criminology (HeinOnline): Includes government documents as well as rare or hard to find pamphlets, memoirs, and books written by ordinary law enforcement officers and not-so-famous criminals

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text: Covers all related subjects including forensic sciences, corrections, policing, criminal law, and investigation

National Archive for Criminal Justice Data: Datasets include National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN)

NCJRS Virtual Library: Includes all known Office of Justice Programs (OJP) works and sponsored research. Subject coverage includes corrections, courts, drugs, law enforcement, juvenile justice, victims of crime, and related topics

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