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Use this guide for help in your Criminology courses and assignments.

Core Resources

Country criminal legal system reports

CIA World Factbook:

Library of Congress Country Studies:
                -->Use the drop-down box to select your country study

Foreign Law: Legal Research Resources on the Internet (University of Chicago)

Use Google: “criminal justice” AND (your country’s name)
                    “criminal law” AND (your country’s name)


When you use Google, be sure to check whether or not the source is credible. 


Supreme Court Case Research

Use the database NexisUni (from the Library’s A-Z List of databases)

·      Under the “search” tab select “legal”

Finding the case:

  • From the left column, select “Federal & State Cases”

  • Under the “sources” drop-down list, select “U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Lawyer’s Edition”

  • Enter the case name in the “____ v. _____” boxes

  • Search

  • Make sure your results (citation) match entirely


Finding law reviews:

  • From the left column, select “Law Reviews”

  •  In the  “Search terms” box, enter the name of the case using quotation marks around the title (try the search with and without the citation for varying results)

  • Search

  • Using the drop-down, sort the list by “Relevance”

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