This guide contains resources intended to help students in their research on criminal justice and related topics. Open the various tabs across the top for different aspects of criminal justice research.
Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.
Information literacy (IL) is defined as a process by which students come to:
In addition to finding and choosing the kind of information that is required, keep in mind not to copy other people's writings ( plagiarism) , and to give credit or cite accordingly.
Know what you need:
State your topic in one sentence. This helps you identify keywords/phrases that describe your topic.
How many pages do you need to fulfill your assignment? Knowing how many pages you need to write helps pinpoint just how much information you will need.
How many and what kind of sources are required? Knowing how many and what type of sources you need helps you choose a database and limit to the sources you need whether it be scholarly journals, books, newspapers, and/or statistics.
If you need additional research help, please stop by the library and ask a librarian.
Criminal justice research combines multiple disciplines to understand both the nature of crime and how to respond to the violence and injustice of criminal activity.
Some topics include:
Currency: the timeliness of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Authority: the source of the information
Examples: .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .gov (U.S. government), .org (nonprofit organization), or .net (network)
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content, and
Purpose: the reason the information exists
Credit: CSU Chico librarians who created it.