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Criminal Justice Research Guide: Finding Web Sites

A research guide devoted to criminal justice and police science.

Searching with Google

Google Seach Tips:

  • generally, Google should be the LAST thing you search (try Library sources first)
  • use quotations for phrase searching
  • added to your search will eliminate ALL .com sites in search results
  • (or will ONLY search within the designated domain

Research Tip: Free Web vs. Fee Web

The Free Web is made up of web pages you can find using Google and other Free web search engines. Some assignments do not allow free web resources. Good material may be found here, but also a lot of information that may be inappropriate for academic writing.  Evaluate carefully!

The Fee Web (also known as the Hidden, Invisible, or Deep Web) includes subscription databases. You'll usually find better information here--including those scholarly and peer-reviewed articles often required--since most database content went through a more rigorous publication process.