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CRIJ 1307: Crime in America

Research for the class serial killer assignment, and APA overview

Search Tips

Look for government or education web sites ( or

Organization websites ( may be good sources, but can also be very biased.

Be careful of personal websites, which often have ~ in the url.

Web searches can be more specific than keywords. For example, campus rape statistics texas 2011 returns better results than campus rape.

Suggested Web Sites

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Contains text of a number of special reports on crime issues published by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Site offers keyword search and topic browse access to more than 600 tables from various governmental sources.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Statistics on criminal offenders, victims, prison inmates, etc. collected by the U.S. Department of Justice

Evaluate Resources

When evaluating resources, focus on currency, revevance, authority, accuracy, and perspective

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Citing Internet Sources

Same general format as author, date, item title, publication information. However publication information may be owner of a website and a web address.

An example:

Bank, J., & Jackson, B. (2006, April 4). Can you prevent global warming? Retrieved from

NOTE: in a document, references are double-spaced, with a hanging indent.  Do not put a period after the last character of the url, and make sure to remove the hperlink (underline) that software puts in automatically.