These databases can find all types of articles and multi-modal resources. However, they are best at finding academic research articles. Do you need a scholarly or peer reviewed article? It's a good idea to begin here.
Why use a daily news feed like TCR or Sentencing Law and Policy blog? Because their subject focus is our subject focus -- criminal justice in the U.S. broadly speaking. By following a criminal justice news feed like TCR (published by one of the most influential criminal justice schools in the United States) or an academic law professor's blog like Sentencing Law and Policy, you efficiently gain insight into relevant, emergent issues of the day.
About The Crime Report: [Subscription Required For Some Full Text Access] The Crime Report (TCR) is the nation’s only comprehensive news service covering the diverse challenges and issues of 21st century criminal justice in the U.S. and abroad... [I]t is published daily by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York..."
These are examples of multimodal information sources. There are many other types of multimodal information and writing. Please consult with your writing instructor about how to incorporate multimodals into your writing assignment.
A highly selective sample of non-governmental criminal justice policy and research making organizations -- Other unlisted sites may prove equally valuable and valid for purposes of your research.