SCI210: Forensic Science

Use this guide to research the science involved in criminal investigations.

For Background on Your Topic: Book Chapters

Once you've decided on a research topic (ballistics or wildfires, for instance):

  • Use databases below to find reliable background information. 
    • Save article PDFs to a Google Drive folder if you'd like.
    • Make sure to copy APA citations for each source and paste into your list of sources. 

Then, use the search box on the home page to find books and e-book chapters. Also see the books listed below.

For help with APA citations, see the CRW's guide for APA in Blackboard, as well as this site: 

Overviews of Forensic Science Issues

These reference books offer quick background information.

Search Terms to Try

Copy and paste subjects like these into the book database to find books covering your topic:

  • "serial murder*"
  • "criminal investigation"
  • "forensic sciences"
  • DNA
  • Criminal investigation
  • Chemistry, forensic
  • Paleopathology

Books to Borrow

Books about Serial Murderers

These books cover specific serial murderers:

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For Research Topic Ideas

Books to Borrow

Borrow the books below for up to four months with your SUNY Adirondack ID card.