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Criminal Justice

A Research Guide for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement courses at NECC.

Getting Started: Types of Sources

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

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. 

Search the Library Catalog

Find books, e-books and more by searching the NECC library catalog 



Books & eBooks

Career Information

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.