Criminal Justice: Working with Data

This guide will help you get started with your criminal justice research. In addition to recommending useful databases, this guide provides tools for picking a topic, information on finding news sources, and other helpful tips to guide you along the way.

What is data visualization?

Data visualization is a way to bring meaning to your data through the use of visual tools such as charts and maps. It is essentially "using visual shorthand to present complex [ideas] quickly and clearly."

Want to learn more? provides several comprehensive video tutorials on topics relevant to data visualization including:

The following White Paper published by Perceptual Edge also provides valuable information on graph design and specifically includes "a step-by-step process to present your data clearly and drive your message home."

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