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Forensic Science: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab, 3rd edition

  • Richard Saferstein

Published by Pearson (December 24th 2014) - Copyright © 2016

3rd edition

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For courses in crime scene investigation

A Straightforward, Student-Friendly Primer on Forensics

Forensic Science: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab presents forensic science in a straightforward, student-friendly format that’s ideal for students with limited backgrounds in the sciences. Topics are arranged to integrate scientific methodology with actual forensic applications, and discussions are focused on explaining state-of-the-art technology without delving into extraneous theories that may bore or overwhelm non-science students. Only the most relevant scientific and technological concepts are presented, keeping students focused on the practical knowledge they’ll need in the field. The Third Edition is updated to include a brand-new chapter on mobile device forensics, and new revisions to the text reflect the now nearly exclusive use of digital photography at crime scenes.

Table of contents

Brief Contents


1.     Introduction

2.     Securing and Searching the Crime Scene

3.     Recording the Crime Scene

4.     Collection of Crime-Scene Evidence

5.     Physical Evidence

6.     Death Investigation

7.     Crime-Scene Reconstruction

8.     Fingerprints

9.     Firearms, Tool Marks, and Other Impressions

10. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

11. Drugs

12. Forensic Toxicology

13. Trace Evidence I: Hairs and Fibers

14. Trace Evidence II: Paint, Glass, and Soil

15. Biological Stain Analysis: DNA

16. Forensic Aspects of Fire and Explosion Investigation

17. Document Examination

18. Computer Forensics

19. Mobile Device Forensics

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