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Criminal Justice: Introduction

Test of Criminal Justice subject guide.

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This guide has been developed as a general introduction to resources in the field of criminology and criminal justice. It is not a comprehensive listing of sources, but rather a starting point from which you can begin your research according to your information needs.

Teaching Learning Center (TLC)

Not all sources are created equal—you have to evaluate them to make sure they are credible.  Librarians are here to help you every step of the way—whether it's in person, over the phone, via e-mail, or in a live chat session.  Whether you need help finding the necessary sources, figuring out databases, or even checking over your paper, there is a librarian for that!

Teaching Learning Center (TLC)

(Room 202A in the West Wing)

  • Provides training in
    • writing research papers
    • Proper citation formats (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian)
    • Avoiding plagiarism and copyright issues
  • In-depth, one-on-one seminars. To request an appointment, email

Research Assistance Paper Review Service (RAPRS)

Written your paper, but not sure it's quite right?  Use Research Assistance Paper Review Service (RAPRS)!  Any CTC student can submit a final draft of their paper to the librarians for evaluation, it's easy:

1. CREATE: new email using your CTC EagleMail account

2. Send TO:


4. ATTACH: Final draft of your research paper (only MS Word is accepted)

5. In body of EagleMail email, provide:

  • Your first and last name
  • CTC ID
  • Description of class/academic endeavor


This service is offered Monday through Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

NOTE: Once received, you will be notified by reply email the library has received your paper for review. Only final drafts of your paper will be accepted. If your paper is not at an acceptable standard, it will be returned to you for correction and resubmission. Research paper reviews will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Disclaimer: Library staff provides guidance, direction and suggestions in the review of papers. As papers are reviewed by different librarians, there will be variances in the response received. Students or instructors may disagree with review suggestions. All questions about the paper should be directed to the instructor.

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