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Forensic Science - Publications

The following publications are a sample of available resources.

Digital Forensics

Digital Forensics Publications
National Institute of Justice (Various Dates)

Forensic DNA

Forensic DNA Publications
National Institute of Justice (Various Dates)

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Forensic Laboratories

NCJRS Law Enforcement: Forensic Laboratories
NCJRS-Sponsor Agencies (Various Dates)

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Investigation

Solving Cold Cases with DNA: The Boston Strangler Case
National Institute of Justice, March 2014
Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2012 – Myths vs. Reality
National Institute of Justice, December 2013
Opening the Black Box of NIBIN: A Process and Outcome Evaluation of the use of NIBIN and its Effects on Criminal Investigations, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2013
Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored/National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, September 2013
Collecting DNA at Arrest: Policies, Practices, and Implications, Final Technical Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, June 2013
Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook: Best Practices for Evidence Handlers
National Institute of Justice and National Institute of Standards and Technology, April 2013
National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations: Adults/Adolescents, Second Edition
Office on Violence Against Women and National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 2013
Coroner Investigations of Suspicious Elder Deaths
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2012
Forensic Investigation Techniques for Inspecting Electrical Conductors Involved in Fire
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2012
Detecting Buried Remains Using Ground-Penetrating Radar
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2012
Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination Research Forum: Summary of Research Questions Identified
National Institute of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime, March 2012
Federal Rules of Evidence
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, January 2012
Enhancing Scene Processing Protocols to Improve Victim Identification and Field Detection of Human Remains in Mass Fatality Scenes
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2012
Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator (Technical Update)
National Institute of Justice, June 2011
The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases
National Institute of Justice, May 2011
Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence (Third Edition)
Federal Judicial Center, 2011
Forensic Glass Analysis by LA-ICP-MS: Assessing the Feasibility of Correlating Windshield Composition and Supplier
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2010
Knife and Saw Toolmark Analysis in Bone: A Manual Designed for the Examination of Criminal Mutilation and Dismemberment
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2010
Role and Impact of Forensic Evidence in the Criminal Justice Process
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2010
Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: An On-the-Scene Reference for First Responders
National Institute of Justice, November 2009
Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing 2007
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2009
Bruising as a Forensic Marker of Physical Elder Abuse
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, February 2009
Solving Property Crimes With DNA
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, February 2009
Extended Feature Set and Touchless Imaging for Fingerprint Matching
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2009
DNA Field Experiment: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of the Use of DNA in the Investigation of High-Volume Crimes
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 2008
Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for First Responders, Second Edition
National Institute of Justice, April 2008
Fire and Explosion Investigations and Forensic Analyses: Near- and Long-Term Needs Assessment for State and Local Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2008
Identifying Remains: Lessons Learned from 9/11
National Institute of Justice, January 2007
Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains: The Nation's Silent Mass Disaster
National Institute of Justice, January 2007
Lessons Learned from 9/11: DNA Identification in Mass Fatality Incidents
National Institute of Justice, September 2006
The Role of Forensic Science in Identification of Mistreatment Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities: Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2005
Crime Scene Investigation: A Reference for Law Enforcement Training
National Institute of Justice, June 2004
Forensic Examination of Digital Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice, April 2004
DNA Evidence: Enhancing Law Enforcement's Impact From Crime Scene to Courtroom & Beyond, Vol.2 Victims Roundtable Report
International Association of Chiefs of Police, October 2003
Without a Trace? Advances in Detecting Trace Evidence
National Institute of Justice, July 2003
Battered Child Syndrome: Investigating Physical Abuse and Homicide
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2002
Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness is Caused by Abuse
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2002
Fire and Arson Scene Evidence: A Guide for Public Safety Personnel
National Institute of Justice, June 2000
Detection of "Date-Rape" Drugs in Hair and Urine, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2001
A Guide for Explosion and Bomb Scene Investigation
National Institute of Justice, June 2000
Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice, January 2000
Improved Postmortem Detection of Carbon Monoxide and Cyanide
National Institute of Justice, July 1996

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Technology

New Forensics Tool: Development of an Advanced Sensor for Detecting Clandestine Graves
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2010
Application of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy to Forensic Science: Analysis of Paint and Glass Samples
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2010
Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: An On-the-Scene Reference for First Responders
National Institute of Justice, November 2009
Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward
National Academy of Sciences/National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2009
Streamlining Physical Evidence Collection and Forensic Analysis
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2008
Emerging Forensic Identification Technologies: Heat Shock for Cold Cases
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 2007
Development of Microdevice Solid-Phase Purification Utilizing Dual Pressure/Electro-Elution for Concentration and Enhanced Recovery of DNA
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2007
Laser Microdissection Separation of Pure Spermatozoa Populations From Mixed Cell Samples for Forensic DNA Analysis
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2007
Validation of a DNA Method for the Individualization of Plant Evidence
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, November 2005
The Development of Miniplex Primer Sets for the Analysis of Degraded DNA
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2005
Assessing Error in PMI Prediction Using a Forensic Entomological Computer Model
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2004
Charge Tags as Electronic Labels for DNA Microchip Testing
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, June 2004
Application of DNA Technology in England and Wales
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2003
Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology
U.S. Department of Justice, March 2003
A Resource Guide to Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Forensic Technologies
National Institute of Justice, May 2001
Trace Detection of Narcotics Using a Preconcentrator/Ion Mobility Spectrometer System
National Institute of Justice, April 2001
Detection of "Date-Rape" Drugs in Hair and Urine, Final Report
National Institute of Justice, March 2001
Flammable and Combustible Liquid Spill/Burn Patterns
National Institute of Justice, March 2001
Development of NIST Standards Bullets and Casings Status Report
National Institute of Justice, November 2000
Research: Applying it on the Front Lines
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, February 2000
Evaluation of a Test Protocol for Explosives Trace Detectors Using a Representative Commercial Analyzer 100-99
National Institute of Justice, September 1999
New Reagents for Development of Latent Fingerprints
National Institute of Justice, September 1995
Hair Analysis as a Drug Detector
National Institute of Justice, October 1995

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Training

Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: An On-the-Scene Reference for First Responders
National Institute of Justice, November 2009
Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward
National Academy of Sciences/National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2009
Sexual Assault: Virtual Training Takes Responders From Exam Room to Courtroom
National Institute of Justice, October 2007
Addressing Shortfalls in Forensic Science Education
National Institute of Justice, May 2007
Technical Working Group for Education and Training in Digital Forensics
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2007
Online DNA Training Targets Lawyers, Judges
National Institute of Justice, January 2007
National Training Standards for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners
Office on Violence Against Women, June 2006
Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court (Online Training)
National Institute of Justice, February 2006
Education and Training in Forensic Science: A Guide for Forensic Science Laboratories, Educational Institutions, and Students
National Institute of Justice, June 2004
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (Bulletin)
Office for Victims of Crime, April 2001
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (Brochure)
National Institute of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime, 2001
Survey of Forensic Reference Materials
National Institute of Standards and Technology, 1999
What Every Law Enforcement Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence (Brochure)
National Institute of Justice, September 1999
Certification of DNA and Other Forensic Specialists
National Institute of Justice, July 1995
Reference Guide on Forensic DNA Evidence
Federal Justice Center (No publication date indicated)

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Additional Materials

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NCJRS Abstracts Database

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