Criminal Justice: News Sources

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.


If you're researching a current topic, or, if you are looking for the public perspective on an issue, news sources such as newspapers and news broadcast transcripts can be great options.  When looking at news articles, try to use major news sources that are reputable and widely known such as:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post

It is okay to use local news sources when you need a local perspective, but be careful using commentaries and editorials - you want to use reliable information, not unsubstantiated opinions.

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