Criminology Research Guide

Criminology Websites

American Society of Criminology - An international organization of criminology scholars and professionals. - Find research on criminal and juvenile-justice program effectiveness reviewed and rated by expert reviewers.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research - A database of current and historical social science data made available for research and instruction in the social sciences. ICPSR is part of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

United States Department of Justice  - The Department of Justice is pleased to provide the public with a variety of resources - from publications, reports, and frequently requested forms to case highlights, legal briefs, opinions and judicial orders.

Evaluating Resources

Use this checklist to determine if a source is appropriate:

Authority: Who wrote it? What credentials does s/he have? [PhD, affiliation with university]

Source: Where was it published? How was it selected for publication? [look at submission guidelines for evidence of peer review or other editorial processes]

Currency: When was it published? Has it appeared in other forms with/out revision?

Research: Are other sources cited in a bibliography/reference list? Are foot/endnotes used?

Bias: Is there an objective viewpoint? Is the author making assertions without documentation, or with questionable documentation? [e.g., her/his own work, crackpots]