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Criminal Justice: Online Resources

A guide to Criminal Justice resources and library research.

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Criteria for Evaluating Websites

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To determine the quality of information on a website check the following:


Authority – Who is responsible for the content of the page?  What are the individual or organization’s goals and purpose?  Is there contact info?  What’s the domain?


Accuracy – Are the sources for any factual information clearly cited?  Is the information free of errors that would indicate a lack of quality control or produce inaccuracies in the information?


Objectivity – Is there bias?  Who’s the intended audience?  Is advertising playing a role?


Currency – Date published?  Date last revised?  Out-dated info?  Out-dated links?


Coverage – Page still under construction?  Does it address intended topics or has something significant been left out?  Is there a fee to get to some of the information?  Is the info well supported and cited?


ATF  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - An official site of the U.S. Department of Justice

CIA  Central Intelligence Agency - An independent U.S. government agency

DEA  U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency - - An official site of the U.S. Department of Justice

Department of Homeland Security

FBI  Federal Bureau of Investigation - An official site of the U.S. Department of Justice

JUSTNET  - Justice Technology Information Network, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology center, U.S. Department of Justice.

National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) - An organization under the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

National Institute of Corrections - An official site of the U.S. Department of Justice. CHECK OUT THEIR LIBRARY PAGE! 

National Institute of Justice - The research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice

Supreme Court of the United States - Official site of the Supreme Court of the United States.

U.S. Marshals Service - An official site of the U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Justice

Supreme Court Media - The Oyez Project

Research Organizations


INTERPOL  The world's largest international police organization, with 186 member countries.

UNDOC  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

UNCCPCJ United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice


Associations & Consortium