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Criminal Justice Subject Guide: Start Researching

Guide to researching Criminal Justice topics.

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Best Criminal Justice Books of 2019 in CU Collection

Each year the New York Times and other publications issue lists of the best books of the year. Here are 2019 books on the lists that are in the Castleton Library. 

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Topics & Background Information

Need to select a topic or find background information on your topic?  Search for your topic in Credo Reference:

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Using Sources

When integrating sources into your own work, you want to:

  1.  Accurately represent those sources
  2.  Use them to support your own ideas and arguments

"In most cases, your best bet is to know your material well enough that you can set a source aside and write about its ideas in your own words. Otherwise, you run the risk of simply compiling a data dump or creating a patchwork of quotations. When you can sum up the gist of a source - its main point - instead of quoting from it excessively, that will save your reader time and will demonstrate that you really know the material. It will also leave more room for you to put your own stamp on the ideas you are writing about." From Getting Started - a Guide to How the Library Works: Using Sources.

Citing Sources

Free Citation Managers

Citation managers make it easy to organize and cite references. The very simple to use ZoteroBib is the best choice for a single paper with less than 20 references. Zotero and Mendeley are better for organizing scores of references on a subject in order to cite them in multiple papers. 

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Start your research in Castleton OneSearch or one of the databases below. 

Selecting Sources

Selecting and evaluating sources is about credibility - the credibility of the authors of the sources and your own credibility.  Consider the quality of the source, whether the author is trustworthy on that topic, and what the source offers (does it offer facts? an opinion? a new idea?).  

Not sure which sources are best? View this Evaluating Sources for Credibility video.

More Recent Criminal Justice Books in CU Collection