When conducting research for your assignments, it is important to understand the types of
sources that may be required, and the benefits of each type of source.
Primary Sources - provide first hand, original information. Primary sources include, laws &
legislation, court cases, Acts of Congress, Government Documents, rules & regulations, etc.
Secondary Sources - are sources that discuss/explain/interpret primary sources. Secondary
sources include books, textbooks, magazines, journals and newspapers.
Use the link below for in depth explanations of different types of sources:
Library databases can search both primary and secondary sources at the same time. Begin with a few keywords and then use the filters to limit your results based on type of source (magazine, newspaper, journal, court case, etc) or by date published.
Below are a few suggested databases that have a Criminal Justice focus.
To cite this LibGuide use the following templates:
APA: Northern Essex Community College Library. (Date updated). Title of page. Title of LibGuide. URL
MLA: Northern Essex Community College Library. "Title of Page." Title of LibGuide, Date updated, URL.