This guide is intended to help you to find information resources that will help you to prepare your presentation for Introduction to Forensics. Here, you'll find information about using the library to find information about the specific case you have selected, and information about topics in forensic science, as well as links to useful sites on the World Wide Web.
Finding Background Information
Reference Books can be very useful for getting started on a project like this. Here are some items in the Reference Collection at Spangler Library that you might find helpful:
Crime: An Encyclopedia. Cyriax, Oliver. London: Andre Deutsch, 1993.
Reference HV6017 .C97 1993
Encyclopedia of American Crime. Sifakis, Carl. New York: Facts on File, 2001. 2 volumes.
Ref HV6789 .S54
Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior. Bryant, Clifton D. Philadelphia: Brunner-Routledge, 2001. 4 volumes.
Reference HV6017 .E53 2001
Finding Information online
For many of the cases your instructor has suggested as topics, you can find information on the web. Using these sites can be tricky, though, because most of them don't have editors or fact checkers, and it's hard to be certain you are getting reliable information. Even if you find the same information in several sites, it's no guarantee that it's correct. Lots of these sites just copy from each other. If you don't recognize the publisher of the site as a reputable organization (Like CNN, or the New York Times, or the Department of Justice), you'll need to check the details very carefully.
Background Information on Forensics
Here are some books in the Reference Collection at Spangler Library that can help you to find quick explanations of the forensic science concepts relating to your case:
Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science. Platt, Richard. New York: Dorling Kindersly, 2003.
Reference HV8073 .P58 2003
Forensic Science. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2009. 3 volumes.
Reference HV 8073 .F5837 2009
Forensic Science: An Encyclopedia of History, Methods, and Techniques. Tilstone, William J. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2006.
Reference HV 8073 .T55 2006
Now that you've covered the basics, you're ready to move on to finding books and/or articles on your case. For the older cases, books may be your best source, but you can also find news articles, and for some cases, more in-depth analyis in legal and scholarly periodicals. For more recent cases, you may not find any books, but there should be news articles, and possibly some in-depth analysis as well.
This guide was developed by Leslie Murtha, Atlantic Cape Community College Libraries
Published 2012. Last updated January 2017.
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