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Forensic Science - Publications

The following publications are a sample of available resources.

Computer Forensic Tool Testing

Computer Forensic Tool Testing Publications
National Institute of Justice (Various Dates)

Digital Forensics

Digital Forensics Publications
National Institute of Justice (Various Dates)

Forensic DNA

Forensic DNA Publications 
National Institute of Justice (Various Dates)

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

The Fingerprint Sourcebook
National Institute of Justice, August 2011

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

Federal Bureau of Investigation: Handbook of Forensic Services
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2007

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

Firearm Identification: In the Forensic Science Laboratory
National District Attorneys Association, 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

CODIS and NDIS Fact Sheet
Federal Bureau of Investigation, No Publication Date Indicated

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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)

Additional Materials

See the following sections of the NCJRS site to access NCJRS sponsor agency publications as well as other resources related to forensic science:

NCJRS Abstracts Database

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database contains summaries of more than 220,000 criminal justice publications, including Federal, State, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research.

Users of the database may conduct a search using their own key words and link to full text where available. As of March 2014, there were more than 10,000 abstracts available using the term "forensics."

Links from the NCJRS Web site to non-Federal sites do not constitute an endorsement by NCJRS or its sponsors. NCJRS is not responsible for the content or privacy policy of any off-site pages that are referenced, nor does NCJRS guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of information. NCJRS is also not responsible for the use of, or results obtained from the use of, the information. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from non-Federal sites.