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Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is a broad term that refers to the procedures and government organizations which focus on upholding the law. These government entities work to maintain control in the public arena, prevent and manage crime, authorize punishment for crimin

Evaluating Sources

Many of our databases take some of the guesswork out of determining whether a source is scholarly or other type. The searches can be filtered to only show scholarly works, or users can specify the types of works they are looking for. 

There are many types of sources to choose from when you are doing research.  Choosing which source is appropriate may be confusing to students.  Is a source scholary or popular?  Is the author credible?  Is the source current?  These and other questions will be answered within this guide to help you evaluate your sources correctly.  Do not worry!!  This process may look daunting at first, but after some practice, source evaluation will become second nature.

Download and use this worksheet to score your source.  This worksheet is another tool to help you determine whether or not your you should use your sources for your paper.