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How to find a variety of resources related to criminal justice, law, and related topics.

Why Get Background Information?

Reasons to Take the Time to Find Background Information:

  • Identify and understand subject-specific terminology.
  • Put sources you find in context.
  • Learn major areas of research and unsettled questions.
  • Use citation lists to begin your research.

Reference Books

These are some suggested encyclopedias and dictionaries to look into. To find more, search the library catalog with a broad keyword relating your topic (ex. criminal justice, corrections, law) and "encyclopedia" or "dictionary" or "reference."