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CRMJ 1001: Criminal Justice

This is a guide to selected library resources supporting research in Criminal Justice degree programs.

Data & Government Sources for Criminal Justice

Bureau of Justice Statistics

U.S. Government's primary outlet for data related to crime, criminal offenders, victims, and law enforcement. 

Uniform Crime Reports (FBI)

Uniform Crime Reports are a go to source for occurrences of particular offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, etc.

National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)

Annual survey by the BJS estimating the potential for victimization.

National Juvenile Justice Datasets

Access point for a variety of datasets related to juvenile crime and justice.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

Repository for data produced by Criminal Justice researchers. Data here is intended to be used by other researchers. Part of ICPSR.

Crime in Wyoming Reports

Uniform Crime Reporting for the state of Wyoming.

General Sources

Data-Planet (UW Only)

A great first stop for almost any topic. In Data-Planet you will find economic, demographic, international, education, and more statistical datasets. And check out some of Data-Planet's excellent guides.

SimplyAnalytics (UW Only)

SimplyMap is a statistics and data tool with a map interface. Fantastic source for demographics, consumer information, business data, and market data. Create cool maps and visualizations.

Social Explorer (UW Only)

Social Explorer is another data tool with a map interface. Great source for US Census data tables. Social Explorer also has very nice visualization tools -you can even create a map based presentation.

U.S. Political Stats (UW Only)

Want to know which counties across the country voted Republican? Want to know the voting record of your congressional representatives? U.S. Political Stats is a great place for political information, and it has some handy visualization tools, too!

US Census QuickFacts

QuickFacts is a great place to start looking for population and demographic data for states, counties, cities, and towns with population over 5,000. For Census data on more varied geography (census tracts, zip codes), use SimplyMap, Social Explorer, or the American Factfinder. is a collaboration by the MIT Media Lab and Deliotte to visualize numerous US government sources of data. It is free and fun to browse through! Search by state, city, county, industry, occupations, or education. Check it out!


Statistical profiles of states, counties, & towns. Easy to use comparison tool.

ProQuest Statistical Insight

You never know what you'll find in Statistical Insight. The nice thing about PQ Stat Insight is that it aggregates data from many different sources from all kinds of different spheres. Always worth a try.