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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
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.
NCJRS Virtual Library (National Criminal Justice Reference Service)
Search NCJRS' Justice Information Center web site and the web sites of the agencies of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and the While House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Full text.
Legal Information Reference Center
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.).
Article citations and summaries for law-related topics from law reviews and journals. Some documents available online.