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Criminal Justice

Guide to library resources in criminal justice.


A leading legal research database, including the full-text of most U.S. laws and law review articles.


A free website, FindLaw includes the full-text of many U.S. law codes and court opinions.
Access to the full-text of court opinions may require registering for a free account.

Law Reviews

Westlaw provides access to the full-text of articles in dozens of law reviews.
Law Reviews are accessible under the Secondary Sources section of Westlaw.
Tips for Law Review articles in Westlaw:

Make sure to choose the Secondary Sources option and then Law Reviews
Law Review Articles are very long
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Legal Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Westlaw provides several very useful titles under the Secondary Sources section, including the American Jurisprudence 2d encyclopedia of US law.


Finding More Legal Research on the Web

Use a web search engine like Google to search for more sites on your topic. Remember to evaluate the website very carefully.
Tip - Most web search engines have a feature like Google's Advanced Search that allows you to limit by "domain." Limiting to the .gov domain ensures all of your results will come from federal and state government sites.

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