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CJL1552 Introduction to Criminal Law Resources

Click on the image below to link to the Discussion Post page in the Writing Guide for step-by-step instructions for writing high quality discussion posts.

Click on the image below to access the Writing Guide page discussing weekly written assignments.

Visit the Grammarly Guide for login instructions and other resources.

  • Grammarly is a software that is free to Rasmussen students and staff.
  • Grammarly checks for grammar, mechanics, spelling, word usage, and even plagiarism.
  • Grammarly is NOT a replacement for working with your instructor, a writing tutor, or submitting your paper to the Writing Lab.
  • There is no limit on the number of papers you can submit to Grammarly. Submit away!


  • It is a tool that will help you present your best work to your instructor.
  • When you turn in a paper that Grammarly has already reviewed, your instructor is free to focus on the content you have learned without being distracted by writing errors.
  • Grammarly will help you build your confidence as you work towards becoming a better writer.


24 hours a day / 7 days a week. Grammarly will provide almost instant feedback anytime because it is an automated (computerized) service.

Need help with CJL1552?

Make an appointment with a tutor!

  • Our tutors are current Criminal Justice students and understand the challenges of the assignments unique to the Introduction to Criminal Justice class.
  • It is never too early to see a tutor.  Tutors can help clarify instructions, share tips for selecting a topic and writing your thesis statement, walk you through library database search techniques, and coach you through writing your annotated bibliography.

Writing Help

Tutors are available for all Rasmussen University students for free. Students can get tips and tricks from peers who have been there. 


  • Don’t wait until the last minute to seek a tutor’s help.
    • Don’t let the issue compound and become an even bigger issue.
    • Use tutoring early and often.


APA Toolkit: Everything you need to get started with the APA Citation Style

American Psychological Associaton (APA) citation style is an editorial style that governs:

  1. How to format your paper in Microsoft Word.
  2. How to include resources in your paper. 

View the video below for an introduction to this editorial style:


APA Paper Template: Download a copy of the APA Paper Template to use for all of your APA assignments:

APA Sample Paper: The APA Sample paper includes helpful tips and information about the APA style and can be used as a model for any research paper written in the APA Style. 

APA Paper Checklist - Use this checklist to review your APA papers and assignments!

Use NoodleTools to generate APA citations.  You can also use NoodleTools to format your annotated bibliography. 

Citing Legal Resources (click the links below):

Citing a U.S. Supreme Court Case

Citing a state statute

Effectively Using the Online Library

Tips for Searching the Online Library

1. Create a plan for your search and create a search statement to use in a database search.

2. Select a library database for your search.

3. Enter your search statement in the search textbox.

4. On the results page, click on the PDF or HTML links to view articles in full-text. 

5. Print out or save articles you plan to include in your annotated bibliography.

View the video demonstrations of basic database searches in the Database Help tab of this guide

Visit the Fastcase Outreach YouTube Channel to view videos demonstrating how to use this legal database.