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Criminal Justice Subject Guide: Websites

Resources for Criminal Justice research.


Ask these questions to get a sense for whether your source is reliable:

  • Ask who is responsible for the information.
    Are they qualified to teach you? What are their qualifications? Do they have a name, and can you contact them? Why are they providing this information?

  • Ask whether the information can be verified.
    Do other sources agree? Are they providing citations so you can follow their research?

  • Ask how current the information is.
    Has the field of research changed significantly since the information was published? Does the research deal with all relevant discoveries or information? If the information is several years old, what holes might exist in the research? Can you fill these holes with other sources?

  • Ask whether the information is objective.
    Does it present both sides of an issue? Is it designed to persuade you? Does anything about the information seem fishy?


Bureau of Justice Statistics
Collects, analyzes, and publishes statistics on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the
criminal justice system.

FBI Uniform Crime Reports
Good resource for crime statistics.  Contains crime reports compiled by the FBI, including Crime in the United States, Hate Crime Statistics, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and various other special publications.

FindLaw: Criminal Law
Contains information on criminal law including victims' rights, criminals' rights, types of crime, the stages of the criminal process, and more.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Federally funded clearinghouse of justice and substance abuse information.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts
This database contains summaries of more than 180,000 criminal justice publications.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice
Over 600 data sets covering aspects of the criminal justice system including public opinion,
nature of criminal offense, demographics of criminal, judicial processing and incarceration

United Nations Office on Drug and Crime
Source for worldwide information and statistics on drug abuse and crime.

United States Department of Justice
Starting point for locating information about law enforcement and crime prevention from the
Federal government.