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Need Help with Introduction to Criminal Justice?

Need help with Introduction to Criminal Justice?

Click the image below to make an appointment with a tutor!

  • You can schedule an appointment with a tutor using Tutor Match. Select Justice Studies from the drop down menu and then pick Introduction to Criminal Justice for tutors trained specifically to help with this class.

Introduction to Criminal Justice assignment help is available in the box below or by clicking here.

Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Assignment Help

Click on the image below to access the Student Success Guide.  This Guide contains helpful resources and information about what to expect as a new student, time management tips, and more.

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 link to the Weekly Written Assignment page in the Writing Guide for step-by-step instructions for writing high quality discussion posts.

Need help with CCJ1000 or CJE1006?

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.
  • You can schedule an appointment with a tutor using Tutor Match. Select Justice Studies from the drop down menu and then pick Introduction to Criminal Justice for tutors trained specifically to help with this class.

Writing Help

  • If you need assistance with writing a paper or with APA citation style, you can select Writing/Research as the "Subject" in Tutor Match, then "APA" or "Writing Assistance" to connect with an APA or Writing tutor.
  • Looking for other writing help besides tutors?  Visit our Writing Guide or Writing Lab.


Grammarly Log in:


  • 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 the Writing Lab in our Online Tutoring Service (aka Brainfuse) .
  • 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 has already been reviewed by Grammarly, your instructor is then free to really focus on the content, what 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.


  • For directions on how to create a Grammarly account, click here.
  • For directions on how to use Grammarly's online version, click here.
  • For directions on how to use Grammarly's plug-in version, click here.

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:


Below are some APA essentials:

APA Paper Template--Download this pre-formatted APA Paper to use for all of your APA assignments!  Watch the video for tips on how to use this time-saving template.

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 the U.S. Constitution

Need more help with APA?  Make an appointment with an APA Tutor!

Click Here for information about how to schedule an appointment!

Effectively Using the Online Library

Using the Online Library video series

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

Selecting a Topic

When selecting a topic for the Resource Review project, be sure that your topic:

  • Matches the assignment.
    • Does your topic focus on a Criminal Justice career or a significant issue in the field of Criminal Justice?  Also, is this a topic that you, personally, find interesting?
  • Will allow you to fulfill all required elements of the assignment.
    • Required length
    • Required number and types of sources
    • Specific sections, such as application or evaluation or comparison
  • Is something you are interested in learning more about.
    • It does not need to be a topic on which you're already well informed.  The purpose of college is for you to learn new things, so let your writing assignments help you to do just that!
  • Is focused or broad enough that credible resources to support your position are easily located.
    • Your sources should shape and support your theories, arguments, or conclusions.
    • Personal opinions need to be supported with facts and statistics.  Otherwise, you're just an opinionated person rather than a well-informed writer.

Writing a Thesis Statement

  • A thesis statement clearly identifies the topic being discussed, it should only cover what is being discussed in the paper, and is written for a specific audience.
  • Your thesis statement belongs at the end of your first paragraph, also known as your introduction.
    • Use it to generate interest in your topic and encourage your audience to continue reading.
  • Here are some resources to help you write your introduction and thesis: 

Consult the Writing Guide for additional information and resources to assist with any writing assignment.

View the video demonstrations below to learn how you can access Federal and state statutes and cases in Fastcase.

Reading Strategies

Before, During, and After Strategies for Reading will help you understand and remember what your read.  Great overall resource!

Improving Reading Comprehension is another resource to help you comprehend and retain more effectively.

SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recall, Review) will lead you through steps to make sense of the text.

Mind Mapping will help your organize your thoughts and see how concepts interrelate. Great for studying too!

K-W-L (what I Know, what I Want to know, what I Learned) will help you activate and use your prior knowledge. So important to the learning process.                  

Utilize Learning Express for reading assistance. See Adult Learning Center - Becoming a Better Reader; see College Center - Reading Review. 

Skill Surfer can also help with Reading skills.  Select ESL, College, and/or Adult College Readiness topics.

How do I take notes that will be helpful?



Explore the video & links below to help you study:

Click on the image below to link to test taking skills resources: