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Forensic Science Resources: Forensic Web Resources

Forensic and national security sciences information resources.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Established in 1972, NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

http://www.ncjrs.gov/ or click on image

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Resources from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences

www.aafs.org/resources or click on the image

Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is the United States' primary source for criminal justice statistics

BJS mission:
To collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov or click on image

Evaluate Your Sources

Evaluate web resources carefully!  Anyone can publish anything on the web.  Consider the following:

1. Accuracy—purpose of site, author and institutional contact information.

2. Authority–authors’ credentials, check domain of site (.edu, .gov, .com).

3. Objectivity- accurate information, limited advertising.

4. Currency– page current and updated regularly, links working (especially important for medical info), date of last update visible.

5. Readability—technology requirements appropriate, loads without errors, links work.

Add up all these requirements. If all or most are met, this page may be appropriate for your research.