If this is your first visit to the NCJRS website 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.
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.
NCJRS is sponsored by a partnership of Federal agencies from the Department of Justice. Learn more about NCJRS's sponsors.
The NCJRS website provides publications, related links, Spotlights, events, library abstracts, and information on grants and funding.
On the NCJRS website 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.
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.
Publications on the NCJRS website 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.