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Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, 12th edition

  • Richard Saferstein

Published by Pearson (January 3rd 2017) - Copyright © 2018

12th edition

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For introductory courses in Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation


A clear introduction to the technology of the modern crime laboratory for non-scientists
Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, Twelfth Edition
, uses clear writing, case stories, and modern technology to capture the pulse and fervor of forensic science investigations. Written for readers with no scientific background, only the most relevant scientific and technological concepts are presented. The nature of physical evidence is defined, and the limitations that technology and current knowledge impose on its individualization and characterization are examined. A major portion of the text centers on discussions of the common items of physical evidence encountered at crime scenes. Particular attention is paid to the meaning and role of probability in interpreting the evidential significance of scientifically evaluated evidence. Updated throughout, the Twelfth Edition includes a new chapter on the exciting field of forensic biometrics. With its easy-to-understand writing and straightforward presentation, this best-selling text is clear and comprehensible to a wide variety of students.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Crime Scene
  3. Physical Evidence
  4. Crime Scene Reconstruction: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  5. Death Investigation
  6. Fingerprints
  7. Forensic Biometrics
  8. The Microscope
  9. Firearms, Tool Marks, and Other Impressions
  10. Matter, Light, and Glass Examination
  11. Hairs and Fibers
  12. Drugs
  13. Forensic Toxicology
  14. Metals, Paint, and Soil
  15. Forensic Serology
  16. DNA: The Indispensable Forensic Science Tool
  17. Forensic Aspects Of Fire And Explosion Investigation
  18. Document Examination
  19. Computer Forensics
  20. Mobile Device Forensics

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