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Guide to Foundation Year: Websites

Useful websites for Foundation Year

Statistics are used by academics to support and develop arguments and theories. Use statistics in assignments or research to add weight to your arguments.

UK Official Statistics from the Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the most important source for UK official statistics. It collects, analyses and publishes statistics about the UK’s economy, society and population.

ONS statistics cover a range of different topics and subjects. As a Criminology student, you may wish to explore the following sections:

Statistics from government departments

Government departments also release statistics related to their functions and the policies that they implement.

Guidance on using Internet resources

With millions of resources available on the internet, it can be difficult to find relevant and appropriate material even if you have good search skills.

The following tips will help you to develop your website evaluation skills for your reading, assignments and research. They're also handy for assessing any information you come across, online or offline, in your studies or in your life outside of university.

  • Use the CRAAP Test developed by the Meriam Library in California. CRAAP stands for ‘Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose’.
  • Ask your Academic Service Librarian for help with improving your information evaluation skills. They offer one-to-one support tutorials and workshops throughout the year.
  • Use Virtual Training Suite which provides free online tutorials on using the internet for many subjects. It covers general skills and more specific, subject-relevant topics.

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A selection of TED talks on the subject of Criminal Justice.

TED is a nonprofit organisation set up to spread new ideas and innovation. TED talks are short lectures on a huge range of subjects, searchable on the website.

TV and Radio programmes

Box of Broadcasts is an online streaming and archive service for TV and radio programmes for universities.

You can view and record over 2 million TV and radio programmes including off-air recordings from the BBC going back to 2007. You can also record programmes up to 30 days after broadcast from over 60 TV and radio channels.

Box of Broadcasts also allows you to create clips from programmes and share these with other users. You can keep your recorded programmes and clips for as long as you need them. You can also search other users’ content.