SCI210: Forensic Science

Use this guide to research the ethical issues and science involved in criminal investigations. This guide helps with the annotated bibliography and presentation assignments.

For More Articles, Books, Videos


   Start Your Research Here: 
 

Finding Forensic Science Articles

The "Start Your Research Here" meta-search box above does a broad, shallow search of 100+ article databases at once. 

  • Limit your search to Articles.
  • Use Advanced Search to overlap two or more topics.   
  • Click Peer-reviewed Journals if wanted. 
  • it does not search WestLaw, so search that database separately. 

Search examples:

To look for articles about ethical or legal issues, your search could be: 

           [your subject]
AND    ethic* OR legal*  

The capitalized word OR between similar ideas finds more results. You can copy and paste the suggested phrasing below. 

  [your subject]
AND  
 
evaluat* OR reliabl* OR controvers* OR valid* OR debate* OR erroneous OR false OR disput*

Suggested Search Terms

Here are some search terms that work well. Ask a librarian for assistance at any point for suggestions. 

  • ethical    
  • controvers*    
  • social    
  • economic
  • evaluat*
  • reliabl*    
  • disput*    
  • questioned    
  • political    
  • legal
  • exception    
  • appeal    
  • "legal preceden*"    
  • opposition    
  • dismiss*    
  • misconduct    
  • "malicious prosecution"

Sample Library Database Searches

This search will find almost 1,000 articles using the Start Your Research Here metasearch box. The result is linked below. (AND will overlap subjects, finding results with both/all of the terms.)

     DNA
     AND contamination
     AND "criminal investigation" 

This search will find almost 200 articles using the Start Your Research Here metasearch box. The result is linked below. (OR finds any of the synonyms.) 
     "Bloodstain pattern analysis"
     AND criminal
     AND evaluat* OR reliabl* OR controvers* OR valid* OR debate* OR erroneous OR false OR disput*

Finding Articles

Your sources may be a mix of electronic book chapters, newspaper and magazine articles and scholarly journals. Find more articles with the links below. 

Finding More Articles

Dive deeper with more specialized article databases that cover science, law and other subjects.

  • Mouse over these databases to see what they cover. 
  • ProQuest Central includes the New York Times and other major newspapers covering major criminal cases. 
  • WestLaw Next offers legal cases and research. 

Statistics Database

This database will offer current and detailed statistics, links to reports and much more.