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CRIM30005 Crimes of the Powerful: Finding information on the internet

This guide has been designed to support your research assignments and contains links to library resources relevant to criminology. It also includes examples of different resource types and information on how to evaluate them.

Finding high quality information on the internet

There are so many cases you can explore! The internet is a great resource but keep a few things in mind:

  • Be curious and dogged in chasing down information – but also be sceptical (of all sources of information, but especially if there has been no public debate or peer review of the material).
  • Check the source. Is it reputable? If you are not sure, check a few sources to see if the information is replicated elsewhere or if there are different views. What seems to be the source of the information? How reputable is that source?
  • Wikipedia is OK – as a start not an end (but if you use it in your essay reference it and check the information). It is not acceptable as academic literature, only to get you started on your case.
  • Search for NGO reports (e.g. Oxfam, ESCR Net, Jubilee, Human Rights Resource Centre Corporate Accountability Counsel)
  • Search the academic literature too – through Discovery http://library.unimelb.edu.au/  and other online databases. There is lots of information in articles across a wide range of journals including Criminology, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Law, Socio-legal Studies and Accounting to mention just a few. Don’t limit yourself to Criminology journals but don’t exclude them either.
  • The Conversation is a great resource https://theconversation.com/au – it is an online newspaper that publishes articles written by academics often on their own research. In your favourite search engine, just put the issue or case you want to explore and add the words “The Conversation”
  • Remember, your case study is only one component of your assessment. The second is your use of the academic literature, the themes and readings from the subject to answer your chosen question and interrogate your case study for what it can illustrate about the issues involved.

Getting started with ideas for specific topics

These are suggestions only – you may well find your own case which is fine. Just make sure there is enough reputable information on the case for you to do a good, well substantiated case summary for your essay.

Understanding Business Corruption

Globalisation cases

An excellent source of information about a wealth of cases is the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre http://business-humanrights.org/. Just put in a search and start finding information (you may well find information for more than just the globalisation cases)!

Cases you might want to explore include:

  • Rana plaza
  • Palm Oil
  • Vedanta Resources
  • Apple electronics
  • Bhopal
  • Kader toy Factory Fire

Understanding Business Corruption

Globalisation cases

An excellent source of information about a wealth of cases is the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre http://business-humanrights.org/. Just put in a search and start finding information (you may well find information for more than just the globalisation cases)!

Cases you might want to explore include:

  • Rana plaza
  • Palm Oil
  • Vedanta Resources
  • Apple electronics
  • Bhopal
  • Kader toy Factory Fire

Complex Financial Fraud

Industrial Disasters

  • Piper Alpha
  • Gulf Oil Spill/Deepwater Horizon
  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
  • Longford Gas Explosion
  • James Hardie

Small business Crime

For this topic, it is may be necessary to take a sector or issue (e.g. hospitality, occupational health and safety) if it is not possible to find sufficient detail on one case. There are also issues you might want to explore such as Industrial Manslaughter (see the case of Industrial Manslaughter the case of a trucking company Denbo Pty Ltd

Tax Evasion and Avoidance

Specific cases/issues:

Professional Misconduct