This Second Edition of the best-selling Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminalistics presents the practice of forensic science from a broad viewpoint. The book has been developed to serve as an introductory textbook for courses at the undergraduate level—for both majors and non-majors—to provide students with a working understanding of forensic science.
The Second Edition is fully updated to cover the latest scientific methods of evidence collection, evidence analytic techniques, and the application of the analysis results to an investigation and use in court. This includes coverage of physical evidence, evidence collection, crime scene processing, pattern evidence, fingerprint evidence, questioned documents, DNA and biological evidence, drug evidence, toolmarks and fireams, arson and explosives, chemical testing, and a new chapter of computer and digital forensic evidence. Chapters address crime scene evidence, laboratory procedures, emergency technologies, as well as an adjudication of both criminal and civil cases utilizing the evidence. All coverage has been fully updated in all areas that have advanced since the publication of the last edition.
Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminalistics, Second Edition, will serve as an invaluable resource for students in their quest to understand the application of science, and the scientific method, to various forensic disciplines in the pursuit of law and justice through the court system.
An Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank and Chapter PowerPoint® slides are available upon qualified course adoption.
2. Physical Evidence in the Legal System
3. Crime Scene Processing and Analysis
4. Examination and Interpretation of Patterns for Reconstruction
5. Examination of Physical Pattern Evidence
6. Fingerprints and Other Personal Identification Patterns
7. Questioned Document Examination
8. Toolmarks and Firearms
9. Digital Evidence and Computer Forensics
10. Blood and Physiological Fluid Evidence: Evaluation and Initial Examination
11. DNA Analysis and Typing
12. Arson and Explosives
13. Drugs and Drug Analysis
14. Materials Evidence