Scholarly resources for study and research in the forensic sciences.
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014
- NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Reference Service)
Abstracts only of criminal justice publications, including Federal, State, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research.
- NCSTL (National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law)
The NCSTL database is designed to be “one-stop-shopping” for information related to the nexus of science, technology and the law. It is a collection of thousands of bibliographic records for forensic and criminal justice related resources. These bibliographic records provide you with an abstract for each item, as well as all the information you or your librarian will need to find that item, including the URL to the full text of the item whenever it is available online.
- Academic Search Complete
Provides a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary database with full-text, peer-reviewed journals, as well as indexing and abstracts for monographs, reports, and conference proceedings. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, and searchable cited references for nearly 1,000 journals.
- Web of Science
Find articles relating to all areas of forensics. The citation searching feature is especially useful for following the evolution of an argument or topic.
- Criminal Justice Periodical Index: 1981-Present
Comprehensive collection of U.S. and international criminal justice journals including information for professionals in law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.
- Dissertations and Theses: Full Text
Provides subject, title, author access to almost all dissertations accepted at an accredited institution (U.S) since 1861. Masters theses selectively indexed since 1962. Abstracts included for doctoral dissertation records from July 1980 to the present; for masters theses from 1988. Full text of dissertations published since 1997 (and some earlier dates) available.
- Google Scholar
Useful for cross-disciplinary topics.
- Crime Classification Manual, 2nd ed.
This is the second edition of the landmark book that standardized the language and terminology used throughout the criminal justice system. It classifies the critical characteristics of the perpetrators and victims of major crimes—murder, arson, sexual assault, and nonlethal acts—based on the motivation of the offender. The second edition contains new classifications on computer crimes, religion-extremist murder, and elder female sexual homicide. This edition also contains new information on stalking and child abduction, the use of biological agents as weapons, cybercrimes, Internet child sex offenders, burglary and rape, and homicidal poisoning. In addition, many of the case studies and crime statistics have been updated.
- Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation (2004)
- Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Second Edition 2000
From the Federal Judicial Center.
- The Fingerprint Sourcebook
The definitive resource on the science of fingerprint identification. Prepared by the International Association for Identification, topics covered include the anatomy and physiology of friction ridge skin (the uniquely ridged skin found on the palms and soles); techniques for recording exemplars from both living and deceased subjects; the FBI's Automated Fingerprint Identifications Systems (AFIS); latent print development, preservation and documentation; equipment and laboratory quality assurance; perceptual, cognitive and psychological factors in expert identifications; and legal issues.
- CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics
Online version of reference work that provides chemical and physical data for scientists and engineers.
- Kirk Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
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