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CRJ101: Introduction to Criminal Justice (Annotated Bibliography)(C. Amore): Reference Resources

What is a reference resource?

Reference resources are usually encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, manuals and other books that you would refer to when wanting to know a definition of a word or concept, a general overview of a topic, specific information about a certain period of time or event in history.

CRJ101 Course Tip: The first step in researching a topic (in this example, "restorative justice") is defining it. Often encyclopedias will lead you to the most relevant court cases or public laws in addition to giving you a broad understanding of your topic.  Read the entry and look for cases (471 U.S. 1) or public laws (The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994).

Step by Step: Finding Encyclopedias

  1. Choose the most appropriate reference database or electronic encyclopedia
  2. Search for your topic in the search bar or encyclopedia index
  3. Cite your source in APA style

Electronic Encyclopedias for Criminal Justice Topics

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eReference Sources