Oftentimes, it can be difficult to know if a website is credible or not. However, as a general rule, you should consult only websites that are nationally or internationally recognized websites associated with the criminal justice or legal profession. A good rule of thumb is to stick with websites that end in .edu, .gov or .org.
Such websites include:
Unless OK-ed by your instructor, try to avoid:
Looking for credible statistics? Try this:
Go to Google and type in the following:
site:gov statistics ___________ OR site:org statistics ___________
where the ______ is whatever topic you need statistics on.
The site:org and site:gov tells Google to only give you results back from .org or .gov websites, which are oftentimes more relevant and credible than your average .com website.
Ex. site:gov statistics bioterrorism OR site:org statistics racial profiling
Other possible topics might include: