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First Visit to the NCJRS Web Site

If this is your first visit to the NCJRS Web site or if you are getting reacquainted with our site this section will answer some basic questions you may have and guide you through the many features of the site.

What is NCJRS?
Who sponsors NCJRS?
What will I find on the NCJRS Web site?
What can I do on the NCJRS Web site?
What do I need to view publications on the NCJRS site?

What is NCJRS?

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), created in 1972, is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to further support research, policy, and program development worldwide. More about NCJRS.

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Who sponsors NCJRS?

NCJRS is sponsored by a partnership of Federal agencies from the Department of Justice. Learn more about NCJRS's sponsors.

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What will I find on the NCJRS Web site?

The NCJRS Web site provides publications, related links, Spotlights, events, library abstracts, and information on grants and funding.

  • Publications
    Full-text publications from NCJRS sponsoring agencies are available by clicking on OJP Publications tab on the site's top navigation or by browsing the topics on the left-hand navigation. Once you click on OJP Publications, you will get a listing of items that can be sorted alphabetically, by publication date, or by the date the item was added to the site. Products available for ordering are denoted by shopping cart icons order print copy order photocopy. In addition, discover the availability of documents in your local library by clicking on find in a library. Visit the NCJRS Library Tutorial to learn more about how to find documents in your local library.

  • Related Links
    A listing of related links is available by clicking on one of the topics on the left-hand navigation. The related links are valuable online resources pertinent to the topic that you choose.

  • Spotlights
    Spotlights are online resources that provide information about data, legislation, publications, programs, training and technical assistance, and grants and funding related to topics of current interest and commemorations throughout the year.

  • Justice Events
    Justice Events is a comprehensive list of conferences, workshops, seminars, and other events relating to juvenile and criminal justice, victim assistance, and drug control policy. Search for conferences or add your event.

  • Questions and Answers
    Search the NCJRS knowledge base for answers to your questions on juvenile and criminal justice, victim assistance, substance abuse, and NCJRS services.

  • Library Abstracts
    The NCJRS Web site provides access to one of the largest criminal justice libraries in the world. The Abstracts Database contains summaries of more than 210,000 criminal justice publications. It provides abstracts or summaries, not full-text documents. Within the abstract database record, links to full-text publications are provided when available and clicking on find in a library allows you to discover documents in your local library. For more information on the database and how to obtain documents, visit the online tutorial.

  • Grants & Funding
    The NCJRS Web site provides limited information on grants and funding. The best place to find out about funding opportunities from NCJRS sponsoring agencies is to visit the Office of Justice Programs Web site.

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What can I do on the NCJRS Web site?

On the NCJRS Web site you can search for topical information, become a registered customer, manage your account, subscribe to the JUSTINFO listserv, order publications, add your event to the Justice Events Calendar, search questions and answers, and provide feedback.

  • Find Topical Information
    Browse the Web site by using the list of topics in the left-hand navigation bar. Search the site to identify publications and products, Federal justice Web pages, questions and answers, related links, and events of interest to you.

  • Register
    Create your account to join thousands of your colleagues who learn first hand about new services from NCJRS and its sponsoring agencies. You will receive:

    JUSTINFO: a biweekly electronic newsletter with links to full text publications, notices of upcoming trainings and conferences, funding announcements, and other resources.

    E-mail Notifications: periodic messages about new publications and resources that match your specific interests.

    Publications: periodic mailings of select publications that match your interest.

    Listserv invitations: receive invitations to subscribe to other topical listservs based on your interest areas.

  • Subscribe to JUSTINFO
    Subscribe to JUSTINFO, a bi-weekly electronic newsletter with links to full text publications, notices of upcoming trainings and conferences, funding announcements and other resources.

  • Manage Your Account
    Manage or update your account with NCJRS by registering, updating your profile, or subscribing/unsubscribing to JUSTINFO.

  • Order Publications
    Many of NCJRS's resources are available in print, look for the shopping cart icons order print copy order photocopy for available publications.

  • Discover Documents in Your Local Library
    Many of the publications from NCJRS' sponsoring agencies and those housed in the Abstracts Database collection are available at local libraries. You can discover if the document you are interested in is available in a local library by clicking on find in a library. Visit the NCJRS Library Tutorial to learn more about how to find documents in your local library.

  • Add an Event
    You can add your event to the Justice Events section of this site. The Event calendar offers a comprehensive list of conferences, workshops, seminars, and other events relating to juvenile and criminal justice, victim assistance, and substance abuse. Use the calendar to identify events to attend or to avoid scheduling conflicts with your events. Find out more about adding your event.

  • Provide Feedback
    NCJRS is always looking for ways to improve its service. You can help by providing feedback about your experience using the NCJRS Web site or other services.

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What do I need to view publications on the NCJRS site?

Publications on the NCJRS Web site come in three formats: HTML, Text, and PDF. You will not need any special software to view HTML and Text versions of publications. For the PDF versions of NCJRS publications, you will need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. This can be done by visiting the Adobe site. The preferred version of the Reader for NCJRS is 6.0 or higher.

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