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International Criminal Law: Evaluating Internet Resources

A guide to online and print resources, including substantive and procedural law, secondary sources, journals and news.

Evaluate Websites

Note official websites of agencies, universities, courts, states, and other legislative, executive, and judicial organizations. Evaluate online resources by identifying the source of information:

  • Who is the author?
  • What are the author's credentials?
  • Level of objectivity--an advocacy or interest group website can be a valuable source of information, unless the organization hides its mission.
  • When was the website last updated and how often is it updated?
  • Verify the information found
  • Note that some websites (i.e. Wikipedia) can be altered by anyone

Internet Archive

To view archives of websites, visit the Internet Archives - Wayback Machine. Enter the URL or some keywords to find previous versions of a website.

Google Search

Google offers customized searches. Advanced search offers:

  • Require / exclude words
  • Search for a phrase
  • Limit results by language
  • Limit results by format type
  • Search within a site or domain. e.g. site:gov.
  • Limit by date or region
  • Require where the keywords show up

Google Scholar search includes legal opinions from all U.S. courts and many law reviews and journals. Results can be sorted by jurisdiction (state or federal) or type of document (court opinion or journal). Results can be saved when you log in with your Google account. 

Contact a Librarian

You may contact any of the reference librarians directly but your professor's liaison may be more familiar with the topics he/she is currently researching. 

You may also contact us via ASK US.

Search Engines

List of current active search and metasearch engines: