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Fall 2020 reference (research) help:
Crime and the Justice System in America - Ref HV 6789 .C6884 1997
A short handbook that defines terms and provides brief overviews of topics in the field, including precedent-setting cases, key figures, policy initiatives, programs, studies, and agencies. Some of the topics, such as "community policing" and "lifers," come out of law enforcement and corrections fields; many of the entries, such as "discovery," "grand jury," and "plea bargain" define key concepts in the practice of criminal law.
Crime in the United States - Ref HV 6787 .A3
An annual compilation of crime statistics. The most recent year is kept in the reference collection; earlier years are shelved in the government documents collection under the number J 1.14/5. Also available on the web at the Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Bureau of Justice Statistics
Data on crime, victims, offenders, law enforcement, and topics such as drugs and crime.
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
An archive of data from US federal and state data files as well as data collected by researchers.
Statistical Abstract of the United States - Ready Reference HA 202 .P76
This is perhaps the single most useful small package of statistical information available. It includes hundreds of tables of figures on population, economics, social factors, etc., with references to the original sources. An index to the tables provide essay access. The print volume at the Reference Desk (Ready Ref) is the most current. A web version (current to 2012) can be found at Census.gov
Questions to Consider
When looking for statistics, ask yourself these questions:
- Who/what would collect statistics on my topic?
Governments tend to collect many kinds of statistics as do news organizations, polling places, institutes, think tanks and researchers also collect data.
- How would statistics on my topic be made public?
You can find statistics in a number of places, both in print and online. Not every statistic is publicly available, however.
- What possible barriers might prevent me from finding statistics on my topic?
Statistics for your topic might not be public or available in a neat package. There might be language barriers. Data may simply not have been collected on your topic.
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