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Criminal Justice Research Guide: Recommended Websites

A good starting point for finding resources in criminal justice

Why Use These Free Sites

It is difficult to find verified, research material freely available on the open web (internet). Many results returned from a search engine give you unrelaible, duplicate information that is rarely backed up by research. The sites listed here are the best to use if you need to supplement what you found in our subscription databases. 

Legal Research

Legal Research Tips - Sometimes you need to look up a law to get an answer to your legal question. To find a law, statute, code section, or case, see the FAQs on this site from Nolo Press. Also definitions, statutes, federal and state links, local ordinances.

General Websites for Criminal Justice

Justice Information Center - From the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.  Links to Web sites and full-text documents of statistical data and scholarly research.  Arranged by broad subject

U. S. Department of Justice - Statistics and research about fighting crime, the justice system, hot topics, and crime victims, including violence against women and family violence.

Criminal Justice Resources - from Michigan State University. Very comprehensive with 70 categories; updated continuously.

World Criminal Justice Library Electronic Network - maintained at Rutgers University. Links, library catalogs, statistical sources and more.

World Fact Book of Criminal Justice Systems - narrative descriptions of the criminal justice systems of 45 countries

  • Constitution Finder - Links to constitutions of foreign countries. Texts are usually in English.