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CRJ 114: Survey of Criminal Justice


You will be looking for reputable news sources related to criminal justice.  You will need to use one of Fogler Library's news databases to locate and read your news source, and create a bibliographic citation for your source.

As you are developing your topic idea, you might be interested in looking at Fogler's Hot Topics guides.

What are "Reputable News Sources"?

Reputable news sources are news sources that are considered trustworthy, and are transparent about where their information comes from. Here are some general characteristics of reliable news adapted from the Society of Professional Journalist's Code of Ethics:

  • Includes accurate and verified information, using original sources whenever possible
  • Provides context
  • Does not misrepresent or oversimplify
  • Identifies sources clearly
  • Labels opinion or commentary as such
  • Represents all sides of a story
  • Avoids stereotyping

Using News Databases

For this assignment, you may use one of two Fogler Library Databases, listed below.  Both provide ways to use Advanced Searching to find news on your topic, and both have the full text of the news articles directly available.

Citing Sources

Once you've identified a news article to use for the assignment, you need to make a bibliographic citation to your source.  There are many different citation formats to choose from, such as MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.  And did you know there is also the ASA (American Sociological Association) citation format?

For all citation formats, you will need to know:

  • the author of the article, if one is listed
  • the title of the article
  • the name of the news source
  • the date it was created
  • any other source information, such as a page number. 

Note: If you found a news source on the free, open Web, you would add a URL, but not for sources found through the databases.

To find the proper format for the style you choose, you can check our Cite Your Sources guide. You might decide you want to try  the ASA (American Sociological Association) citation format.

The good news is that you can grab the citation information directly from either of the above databases.  The bad news is that it is never completely correct, so you need to check the citations to make corrections.


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