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Innocence Project Northwest Clinic: Articles, Books & Websites


This guide is part of a series for students in Prof. Jackie McMurtrie's Innocence Project Northwest Clinic. Companion guides include:

  • 50-State Law Surveys
  • Citing Unusual Trial Sources
  • Criminal Records
  • Finding People & Public Records
  • Forensics
  • Miscellaneous Topics

Access to HeinOnline and LegalTrac is UW restricted. LexisNexis and Westlaw access is limited to individuals with their own IDs or passwords.

Finding Articles

Finding articles from law reviews, legal journals, and related periodicals is relatively easy. Choose a source that you are comfortable with (HeinOnline, Lexis Advance, Westlaw) and then search by words and phrases you associate with a topic.

You can also search:

Consider using one of the following subject headings:

  • DNA Testing
  • Evidence, Scientific
  • False Imprisonment
  • Innocence (Psychology)
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Wrongful Convictions (Law)

Finding Books

The Law Library has many books on this topic. The following items are just some of the titles that are available. The list is in order by title. These items are located in the Classified Stacks unless otherwise indicated.

Links lead to Law Library catalog records, many of which include titles of chapters in the books.

Items that do not include call numbers are available on the Internet or as e-books.

You can search for other books and materials in library catalogs using one or more of the following subject headings:

  • DNA fingerprinting
  • Evidence, Criminal
  • Evidence, Expert
  • Judicial error
  • Post-conviction remedies
  • Prosecutorial misconduct

Finding Government Reports

Reports from federal and state government agencies often provide policy and legal arguments on the topic of wrongful convictions.

In addition to the works cited below, consider searching the following websites:

Examples of government reports include:


Using bibliographies is a way to fast-track your research. Identify useful items then search the library catalog to find out if the items are available at your local library.


The following websites provide useful information on this topic. Other websites relevant to discrete topics covered elsewhere in this guide are highlighted with similar sources.