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Criminal Justice 230 Research Guide
Criminal Investigation


Browse through the reference area for possible topics for your research paper. Topics might include: Crime laboratories; crime scene photography; autopsies; forensic entomology/anthropology/ondontology; evidence - firearms, impression, arson, toolmark, fingerprint, handwriting, sexual assault; human remains; cadaver dogs; CODIS (Combined DNA Index System).

  • Criminal Investigation Handbook – Ref KF 9619 .M3
  • Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol – Ref HV 5804 .E53
  • Encyclopedia of Forensic Science - Ref HV 8073 .B425
  • Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences - Ref HV 8073 .E63
  • Encyclopedia of High-Tech Crime and Crime-Fighting - Ref HV 6773 .N48
  • Law of Electronic Surveillance – Ref KF 9670 .C37

Library Catalog

Search the COD Library Catalog for books, videos and other items on your topic.


The following magazine titles in the Print Periodicals section might be useful for finding a topic as they often include articles on criminal investigation topics.

Articles and Databases

Find an article on your topic in one of the Library databases. You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

  • Expanded Academic ASAP
    Find magazine articles (many are full text) on criminal investigation topics.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Another index to over 3000 journal and magazine articles (many are full text).
  • Chicago Tribune
    Search the Chicago Tribune for newspaper articles on local and national topics.
  • National Newspapers
    Simultaneously search the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post for newspaper articles on your topic.

Internet Sites

Internet Resource Guide

  • Criminal Justice Internet Resource Guide
    The best place to go to search for web sites on criminal investigation topics is this Internet guide developed by COD Criminal Justice Faculty Robert Murdock. Go to the Criminal Justice 230 section for links to recommended web sites.

Citing Sources

Guides for citing your sources using MLA, APA, and other formats.

Dan Blewett , Reference Librarian
(630) 942-2279
Reference Desk: (630) 942-3364


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