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Background Info: Background information can be found in focused reference materials.
Article Databases: Use key criminal justice databases and state and federal resources.
Websites: Explore online resources including state and federal government agencies.
Laws and Regulations: Research laws and other legislative materials.
Citations: Find information about citation styles, handbooks, and giving credit in your work.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Their mission is "to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government." Part of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text This link opens in a new window
Citations, summaries and/or full text of U.S. & international journal articles, books, dissertations, papers, and government and other reports, on many criminal justice topics.
Legal Information Reference Center This link opens in a new window
The LIRC offers tools and detailed "how-to" instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues. It contains hundreds of full text legal publications and thousands of legal forms (searchable by various subject areas, such as Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes, etc.).
LegalTrac This link opens in a new window
Article citations and summaries for law-related topics from law reviews and journals. Some documents available online.