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CQ Researcher contains reports with background information on current criminal justice topics.
Reports are published weekly 44 times a year. Each single-themed, 12,000-word report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist, each providing researchers with an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources. The CQ Researcher Plus Archive adds more than 3,000 reports, published between 1923 and 1990 to CQ Researcher Online.
Sources for background information are also called reference sources. These resources can help you get an overview of a topic; define terms, theories; and point you to other more detailed resources. Book chapters can also provide you with overviews on topics, use Quick Search and narrow to books and ebooks to find them.