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Career Resources in the Forensic Sciences:

An Annotated Bibliography

By Katherine B. Killoran

2000

Locating information on career and professional opportunities in the forensic sciences often can be difficult. Listed below are resources, many of which are in the Lloyd Sealy Library, which will provide researchers with valuable information about such careers.

DeLucia, R.C. & Doyle, T.J. (1998). Career planning in criminal justice. 3rd. ed. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Co.
(Ref. Desk or Ref. HV 9950 .D45
1994 - 1998 edition on order)

This excellent career guide has a chapter dedicated to careers in forensic science/criminalistics. Seven individual specialties within these fields are identified. Federal crime laboratories are described along with qualifications for employment. A general bibliography is provided for criminal justice careers. A listing of academic forensic science programs, professional organizations and crime laboratories in each state is provided at the book's conclusion.

Stinchcomb, J.D. (1996). Opportunities in law enforcement and criminal justice careers. Rev. ed. Lincolnwood, IL: VGM Career Horizons.
(Ref. Desk HV
8143 .S86 1996)

This career guide has five pages which describe the area of criminalistics and the crime lab. Different levels of job titles and the education necessary for them are discussed.

Warner, J.W. (1992). Federal jobs in law enforcement. New York: Prentice Hall. (Ref. Desk HV 8143 .W347 1992)

This directory of federal law enforcement agencies is arranged by government department. It identifies over 100 agencies and organizations. The mission, history, functions & activities, training opportunities and qualifications are provided for each agency. Agencies of particular interest for forensic science are: Law Enforcement Standards Laboratory, Army Criminal Investigation Command, Naval Investigative Service Command, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Technology Assessment Program, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the U.S. Secret Service.

Career Brochure. (1991). Colorado Springs, CO: Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc. [Available at Reference Desk or access via the Web at
http://www.aafs.org/employ/brochure.htm

This short booklet describes different fields within the forensic sciences including: criminalistics, engineering sciences, forensic pathology, jurisprudence, odontology, psychiatry and behavioral science, physical anthropology, questioned document examination, toxicology and wildlife forensics. Also provided is information about the Forensic Science Foundation which is the educational, scientific and research branch of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The appendix lists U.S. colleges which give the Master of Science degree in forensic science.

Rowh, Mark. (2000, February/March). Hot jobs in the crime lab. Career World, 28(5), 29+. [Available at Reference Desk].

Focuses on forensic science as a profession in the United States. Coverage includes: employment of forensic scientists, areas of specialization and educational requirements.

Forensic scientists: A career in the crime lab. (1999, Fall). Occupational Outlook Quarterly, 2-7.

This article provides an general overview of the profession including: nature of work, working conditions, earnings, and training. [Full-text available via InfoTRAC Expanded Academic.]

Furton, K.G., Hsu, Y.L. & Cole, M..D. (1999). What educational background do crime laboratory directors require from applicants? Journal of Forensic Sciences, 44(1), 128-132.

An article from the pre-eminent scholarly journal in the field which summarizes the results from a recent survey where crime lab directors listed their educational requirements from applicants for the positions of drug chemist, trace/impression evidence examiner, serologist/DNA analyst, and firearms/document examiner/fingerprint examiner.

Houde, J. (1999). Crime lab: A guide for nonscientists. Ventura, CA:
Calico Press. (Stacks HV 8073 .H68 1999)

This book describes the career of a criminalist and takes readers on a tour of a fictional crime from the crime scene investigation through the analysis of the physical evidence.

Davies, G. (1986). Forensic science. 2nd ed, rev. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society. (Stacks HV 8073 .F58 1986)

This text looks at forensic science training, education and research in the U.S. and Canada. Applications of sophisticated scientific methods to forensics are also discussed although information may be dated.

Field, K.S., Schroeder, O., Curtis, I.J., Fabricant, E.L. & Lipskin, B.A. (1975). Assessment of the personnel of the forensic science profession. Rockville, MD: Forensic Sciences Foundation Press.
(Fiche AC 1 .N2 NCJ - 037881)

Results of a dated survey of personnel from a wide variety of forensic fields are reported. Findings include the number, training, education, qualifications and experience of scientific and paraprofessional personnel.

Saviano, J. (1992, January). My life’s work: Crime lab scientist. Boy’s
Life
, 82(1), 16.

A simple overview by a crime lab worker which includes information on educational requirements, duties, salary, and a job outlook.

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General textbooks

General textbooks on criminal investigation or forensic science often contain a chapter describing the fields and methods of forensic sciences . Check the table of contents or index for the relevant sections. Most books on these subject are in the general library call numbers of HV 8073 and RA 1001.

De Forest, P.R., Gaensslen, R.E. and Lee, H.C. (1983). Forensic science: An introduction to criminalistics. New York: McGraw Hill.
(Reserve HV 8073 .D38 1983)

Osterburg, J.W. and Ward, R.H. (1997). Criminal investigation: A method for reconstructing the past. 2nd ed. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Pub. Co. (Stacks HV 8073 .O833 1997)

Saferstein, R. (1998). Criminalistics: An introduction to forensic science. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
(Reserve HV 8073 .S2 1998)

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General Career Resources

General career resources can also be useful in exploring forensic careers. While most do not contain specific forensic science titles, much of the information presented under the general headings of biologist, chemist, toxicologist, psychologist, or science technicians can be applied to the forensic setting.

Occupational outlook handbook. (2000). Washington, DC: Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Ref. HF 5381 .A1 O36 also on Web at http://www.bls.gov/oco/)

This handbook is published annually so it is very current. It describes careers, necessary qualifications, salary range and forecasts the viability of each career in the future.

Encyclopedia of careers and vocational guidance. 11th ed. (2000). Chicago: J.G. Ferguson Pub. Co. 4 vols.
(JJ has 1993 ed - Ref. HF 5381 .E52 1993 and on CD-ROM)

This multi-volume set includes an article on crime laboratory technologists which gives the history, nature of work, requirements, advancement, outlook, and earnings for this job title. Refer to the index in volumes II and III to locate appropriate volume and page number for related job titles.

Encyclopedia of associations. 34th ed. Detroit, Gale Research Co.
(Ref. AS 22 .E5)

National in scope, this title gives details on the location, size, objectives, publications, and other data on professional associations and societies. Especially helpful for obtaining information by writing to the professional association for a particular occupation such as the American Academy of Forensic Science or the California National Education Association or the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Sources by Discipline

The following list includes magazine and journal articles about careers in specific forensic science disciplines, as well as, popular books, and biographical articles about eminent individuals in the fields.

Document Examination/Handwriting Analysis

DeJong, C. (1998, October 11). Reading between the lines: Handwriting analysis schools say business on the upswing. Boston Globe, N, 4:2. [Access full-text on Lexis/Nexis].

Questioned Document Examination Page of Emily J. Will - includes FAQs, some typical document examination applications and basic theory about handwriting which will give you an overview of this profession. Includes descriptions of some famous document cases.
[http://www.qdewill.com/].

Reed, M. (1997, October 27). California and the West; signature career; forensics: After 49 years as a handwriting analyst who helped set the standards for his craft, John Harris is retiring. Los Angeles Times, A, 3:2. [Access full-text on Lexis/Nexis].

Forensic Accounting

Double-entry autopsy (forensic accounting). (1996, September 14). The Economist, 340(7983):77.

As financial firms work harder to clamp down on malpractice, they are increasingly turning to accountancy firms for assistance. The expanding demand has prompted the largest firms to allocate more resources to what they term "forensic accounting." Although they have been analyzing financial scandals for decades, accountants have recently become more serious about marketing their expertise.

McGinn, D.F. (1998, August 24). Sherlocks of finance: A. DuPlessis in Canada and H. Schilit in the U.S (Forensic Accounting). Newsweek, 132(8):38-9.
Miller, T.L. (1997, March 17). Ex-cops, prosecutors find new careers with CPA firms.
(to investigate fraud)(forensic accounting). Accounting Today, 11(5), 16. [Check ProQuest for full-text].

Preston, D. (1990, March 19). The number police: CPA firms finding need for forensic accounting. Dallas Business Journal, 13(29), 1A(2). [Available at Reference Desk].

Rezaee, Z. & Lander, G.H. (1996). Integrating forensic accounting into the accounting curriculum. Accounting Education (JAI), 1(2), 147+. [Available at Reference Desk].

Describes forensic accounting and discusses integrating it into the accounting curriculum. Covers forensic accounting education and reference materials.

Forensic Anthropology

Joyce, C. And Stover, E. (1991). Witnesses from the grave : the stories bones tell. Boston : Little, Brown. (Stacks GN 69.8 .J69 1991).

Mann, R.W. & Ubelaker, D.H. (1990). Forensic anthropologist. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 59(7), 20-23. (Bound & Film HV 6201 .F2)

This article profiles the role forensic anthropologists play in police investigations.

Maples, W.R. and Browning, M. (1994). Dead men do tell tales. New York : Doubleday. (Stacks GN 50.6 .M36 A3 1994).

McDonald, M. (1999, October 2). Face off. New Scientist, 163(2206), 48.

Mary Manheim, a forensic anthropologist and directory of Louisiana State University’s Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory, comments on the field and procedures for identifying remains.

Pickering R.B. and Bachman, D.C. (1997). The use of forensic anthropology. Boca Raton : CRC Press. (Stacks GN 69.8 .P53 1997).

Rhine, Stanley. (1998). Bone voyage: A journey in forensic anthropology. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.
(Stacks GN 69.8 .R45 1998).

Royte, E. (1996, May). 'Let the bones talk' is the watchword for scientist-sleuths. (forensic anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution). Smithsonian, 27(2):82-88.

Forensic anthropologists Douglas Ubelaker and Douglas Owsley work at the Smithsonian involves solving mysteries by piecing together unearthed bones. Their work involves mostly historical research on native races; but they also work on crime-related matters.

Thomas, J. (1981, December 11). Face reconstruction identifies unknown dead. The New York Times, p.10(N), p.16(LC): 2.

Adams, R.M. (1992, November). Smithsonian horizons (forensic anthropology). Smithsonian, 23(8), 12.

Forensic science has been a part of criminal investigations for years, and it is becoming an important tool in anthropology as well. Ancient civilizations can now be studied more closely with the addition of information in such areas as diseases and dietary deficiencies.

 

Forensic Art

Larson, E. (1987, October 8). Forensic sculptor gives skulls a face..... Wall Street Journal, 1:4.

Rosen, M. & Free, C. (1994, March 28). Dead ringers. People, 41(11), 91. Profiles forensic artist, Jeanne Boylan.

Forensic Art Web site - mounted by Wesley Neville, a Florence County Sheriff's Officer who works as a forensic artist. The site reviews forensic art techniques and includes a news article about the subject. http://www.forensicartist.com/index.html

 

Forensic Entomology

Forensic Entomology Page - Full text documents introduce the field of forensic entomology including common insects associated with forensic evidence, case histories and a short bibliography. Also provides a link to a directory of world wide forensice entomologists. A similar page can be found at the Web page of the American Board of Forensic Entomology [http://www.missouri.edu/cafnr/entomology/index.html].

http://www.uio.no/~mostarke/forens_ent/forensic_entomology.html

Chang, M.L. (1997, October 20). Fly witness. Science World, 54(4), 8.

Focuses on the use of forensic entomology, the science of using insects in solving crimes. Example of how blowflies helped solve a crime in Canada in July 1995.

Day, N. (1996, March). Insect sleuths. Odyssey, 5(3), 20.

Focuses on forensic entomology, the study of insects or their larvae to solve crimes, benefits to criminal investigations, developmental stages.

Gannon, R. (1997, September). The body farm. Popular Science, 251(3), 76-.

Looks at the University of Tennessee’s human decay research facility, called the Body Farm, a graveyard laboratory where forensic entomologists study dead bodies and their insect invaders to solve crimes.

Mirsky, S. (1995, July). Fright of the bumblebee: Bugs at the scene of the crime aid police. Scientific American, 273(1), 17-18.

Forensic entomologists are advocating the use of insects in criminal investigation. Treating insects as toxicological specimens may provide valuable information on the time of death and the crime scene.

Richards, B. (1992, April 27). The maggot test: Bugs on dead bodies have tales to tell; forensic entomologists find insects provide good clues to who-dunit and when. Wall Street Journal, p.A1.

Schrof, J.M. (1991, October 14). Murder, they chirped (role of entomologists in criminal investigations). U.S. News & World Report, 111(16), 67.

Forensic entomologists can play a vital role in convicting or exonerating murder suspects. The activities of insects that invade a body can be traced to help determine time of death and other information to prove guilt or innocence.

Sachs, J.S. (1998, November). A maggot for the prosecution. Discover, 19(11): 102-8.

Schneider, A. (1996, November 8). An entomological sleuth. Chronicle of Higher Education, 43(11), p.A9.

Robert D. Hall a professor of entomology at the University of Missouri and forensic entomologist is profiled. He analyzes insects at death scences to gather information about the place and time of death.

Forensic Pathology

So you want to be a medical detective? (1996). National Association of Medical Examiners. [Available at Reference Desk or access on Web at http://www.thename.org/career/career.htm].

This online version of a brochure produced by the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), outlines the differences between coroners, medical examiners and forensic pathologists. It sketches the job responsibilities, settings and educational requirements for forensic pathologists. A link to a list of college programs in forensic science is also available here.

Bergman, B. (1998, December 21). John Butt. Maclean’s, 111(51), 56.

Focuses on John Butt, Nova Scotia’s chief medical examiner. His involvement with the Swissair Flight 111 crash into waters off of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia; how he identified the victims’ remains; how he is viewed as one of Canada’s top forensic pathologists; other mass tragedies he has been involved in.

Brownlie, A.R., (Ed.). (1984). Crime investigation, art or science?:Patterns in a labyrinth. Proceedings of a conference held at Christ Church, Oxford, on 24 & 25 September 1982. New York: Columbia University Press. (Stacks HV 8073 .C678 1984)

These proceedings from a British conference include papers on the limits and possibilities of forensic pathology, and the role of the university in the training of forensic experts and their involvement in unusual cases.

Hanzlick, R. And Combs, D. (1998, March 18). Medical examiner and coroner systems: History and trends. JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 279(11):870-4.

There has been a trend in the US to replace coroners with medical examiners, but many states still have no medical examiners. A coroner is a layperson who relies on medical personnel in the forensic examination whereas a medical examiner is a physician who is often trained in pathology and forensics.

Sedaris, D. (1998, April). Working stiffs (Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office). Esquire, 129(4):114.

Forensic pathologists and other staff members at the Maricopa County, AZ, Medical Examiner's Office spend their workdays performing autopsies and gathering records on the deceased.

Wright, R.K. & Tate, L.G. (1980). Forensic pathology - last stronghold of the autopsy. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 1(1),
57-60. (Bound RA 1001 .A4)

This article discusses the differences between the forensic pathologist and the general pathologist.

 

Forensic Photography

Hart, R. (1998, April). Careers: Evidence photography. Popular Photography, 62, 4: 44.

Discusses the work of forensic photographers, whose documentation of crime scenes, accidents, and their victims, effects serves as legal evidence in the courts. [Available at Reference Desk].


Forensic Odontology/Dentistry

Forensic dentistry. (1997). Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press.
(Stacks RA 1062 .F66 1997 ).

Medland, M. (1991, March 11). Dentist takes a bite out of murder (Duane T. DeVore, forensic dentistry expert). Baltimore Business Journal, 8(40), 1.
[Available at Reference Desk].

Profiles Dr. DeVore and using teeth and bite marks as legal evidence.

Hill, I.R., Keiser-Nielsen, S., Vermylen, Y., Free, E., deValck, E. & Tormens, E. (1984). Forensic odontology - Its scope and history. Bicester, Eng: Ian R. Hill. (Stacks RA 1062 .F67 1984)

These conference proceedings discuss the history of autopsy, present landmark cases in the development of forensic odontology, review facial reconstruction, and detail the state of forensic odontology in several countries worldwide. Results of an international survey on forensic odontology education are summarized though results now dated.

Forensic Psychology

Arenson, K.W. (1997, January 1). A teacher uses some of the horror stories from today’s courtrooms to ready students for careers in a popular new area of criminal investigation. The New York Times, p.46.

Greene, D. (1993, December 19). The role of psychiatry in criminal cases. New York Times, WC, 3:1.

Stewart I. Schwartz, who is learning how to be a forensic psychiatrist, is interviewed about the field.

Immergut, D.J. (1997, April 14). Future psycho sleuths at the new cool school. New York, 30(14), 24.

Describes the popularity of the forensic psychology program at John Jay.

Ogloff, J.R.P., Tomkins, A.J. and Bersoff, D.N. (1996, March). Education and training in psychology and law/criminal justice: Historical foundations, present structures, and future developments. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 23, 200-35.

Part of a special issue on the state of the science and art of criminal justice and behavior. The writers discuss the early developments and current models of education and training in psychology and law/criminal justice. The implications of the growth in interest and training in these fields are discussed, and directions for future developments in these areas are examined.

Treadway, J. (1996, November 2). Forensic psychiatry programs making a difference in court. Times-Picayune, A, 1:1

Forensic psychiatrists are part of a new trend in Louisiana psychiatry that has given birth to programs at Tulane and Louisiana State University medical centers. Authorities say the programs are making a positive difference in how justice and the mentally ill are served.

Young, J.R. (1996, December 6). Why do people commit crimes? Students of forensic psychology try to find out. Chronicle of Higher Education, 43(15), A16.

Young describes John Jay’s Master's Degree program in forensic psychology.

Forensic Toxicology

American Board of Forensic Toxicology - Site contains information about certification and accreditation procedures for forensic toxicologists and laboratories. Listing of current ABFT diplomates, specialists and accredited laboratories also included.
http://www.abft.org

 

Miscellaneous

Lane, M.A., Anderson, L.C., Barkley, T.M., et al. (1990, January). Forensic botany (careers). BioScience, 40(1), 34-40. [Available at Reference Desk].

Plants can step into the spotlight as star witnesses, but only if botanists trained in plant taxonomy, anatomy, and ecology are present to interpret their evidence.

Burke, T. W. and O’Rear, C.E. (1998, April). Forensic diving: The latest in underwater investigation. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 67, 4:1-8.

Stout, S.A., Uhler, A.D. and Naymik, T.G. (1998, June 1). Environmental forensics: Unraveling site liability. Environmental Science & Technology, 32, 11: 260A-264A.

Environmental forensics, the systematic investigation of a contaminated site or an event that has affected the environment, is discussed. This field has developed in recent years owing to the need for methods of formulating technically sound, defensible opinions on the age and sources of contamination in cases involving environmental litigation. Teams work to determine the nature and sources of contamination, understand its movement and fate, and determine responsibility among potentially responsible parties.

Sabin, R. (1997, April). The audio detective (forensic audio-visual expert Paul Ginsberg). Stereo Review, 62(4), 71.

Ginsburg’s company, Professional Audio Laboratories, has examined many pieces of audio/video evidence in recent cases including the Branch Davidian bugs and the Mia Farrow-Woody Allen case. In this article, he describes his equipment and techniques.

Grescoe, T. (1996, September-October). Murder, he mapped (police detective Kim Rossmo). Canadian Geographic, 116(5):48-52. [Available full-text on InfoTrac Expanded Academic].

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Detective Inspector Kim Rossmo is attracting attention for his work on geographic profiling. The technique, which is based on environmental criminology, uses computerized mapping to home in on where a criminal lives.

Wexler, D. (1998, July). Geo-detectives. Geotimes, 43(7):9-11.

The activities of the volunteer association NecroSearch are described. NecroSearch involves scientists from 24 disciplines that range from geology to psychology. The association’s three main objectives are the training of law enforcement officers to locate hidden graves, the study of detection methods, and the provision of aid to law enforcement agencies at crime scenes.

Howell, David. (1999, October 6). A case for engineering detective. Professional Engineering, 12(18): 35.

Sheffield Hallam University's Materials Research Institute has been conducting investigations for clients for 30 years. To meet demand an optional forensics unit on the university's engineering degrees evolved into a forensic engineering degree course. This article provides examples of how these skills may be utilized in various settings including crash testing cars to examine component failure or evaluating a computer system that has failed causing a train crash, etc.

Rao, G. (1995, October). Anatomy of an accident: how forensic engineers determine what went wrong. Risk Management, 42(10), 63-68. [Available at Reference Desk].

This article details forensic techniques which corporations and risk managers find useful in understanding what went wrong at the scene of a disaster.

 

Laboratories

Reforming the FBI laboratory (Interview with new FBI crime laboratory Director Donals M. Kerr). (1997, November 10). Chemical & Engineering News, 75(45), 15.

The new director is working toward re-establishing the laboratory’s stature and quality and is working to improve it’s world-class reputation in scientific advancements in forensic examination.

Hoshower, L.M. (1999). Dr. William Maples and the role of the consultants at the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 44(4), 689-691.

Discusses the history and role of the consultants at the Laboratory and the many contributions made by Dr. Maples. The uncompromising ethical & scientific standards by which the Central Identification Laboratory operates today is a direct reflection of input by Dr. Maples.

Stehlin, I.B. (1995, July-August). FDA's forensic center: speedy, sophisticated sleuthing. (Food and Drug Administration's Forensic Chemistry Center, Cincinnati, Ohio)(includes related article on analytical methods). FDA Consumer, 29(6):5-9.

The FDA's Forensic Chemistry Center investigates cases of product tampering, drug counterfeiting, and other criminal activities. The center uses several methods to determine whether a product was altered during manufacturing, while in distribution, or after purchase.

Knickerbocker, B. (1990, September 11). On the trail of wildlife crime; forensics lab backs up law enforcement work by sleuthing for evidence. Christian Science Monitor, p.12.

Littlehales, C. (1999, November 1). Protecting wildlife. Analytical Chemistry, 71(21): 749A-752A. [Access on ACS Journals from Library Home Page]

The National Fish & Wildlife Lab in Ashland OR is the only forensic laboratory worldwide that is solely devoted to producing evidence to catch perpetrators of wildlife crimes.

Winckelgren, I. (1993, November 12). Scientists solve crime against animals. Current Science 79(6), 10.

Reports on the efforts of forensic experts investigating the perpetrators of crimes against animals. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Oregon.

 

Biography

Buikstra, J.E. & Maples, M.K. (1999). The life and career of William R. Maples. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 44(4), 677-681.

An overview of the distinguished career of William R. Maples, forensic anthropologist. Discussion includes key contributions he made to the field and several of his noteworthy cases.
(See also the Introduction on page 675 of this issue.)

Cooke, Patrick. (1992, November-December). Grave robber. Health (San Francisco, CA), 6, 76-78.

Profile of off-beat forensic scientist, James Starrs.

Fred Inbau. Obituary. (1998, June 13). The Economist, 347(8072): 86.

A profile of Fred Inbau, a controversial criminologist. Inbau, later a president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, first made his name at Northwestern University near Chicago, where he was a teacher of criminal law for 32 years, with his innovative work on the then new polygraph machine. Inbau was more famous for his vigorous criticism of the Supreme Court’s Miranda decision (1966) and for his Criminal Interrogation and Confessions (1962), a manual referred to critically in that landmark court ruling for its psychological techniques for extracting confessions.

Thomas, R.M. (1998, May 10). Ordway Hilton, 84, authority who detected forged papers - obituary. New York Times, p. 37

Hilton, Ordway, 1913-1998, mathematician and document examiner.

Green, M. (1986, December 8). Dr. Clyde Snow helps victims of Argentina’s ‘dirty war’ bear witness from beyond the grave. People Weekly, 26, 111-112.

Huyghe, P. (1990, November). Clyde Snow: The detectives detective. Reader’s Digest, 137, 165-6.

Huyghe, P. (1988, December). No bone unturned. Discover, 9, 38-45.

Clyde Snow, forensic anthropologist.

Johnson, J. (1994, May 16). Witness for the prosecution. New Yorker, 70, 42-44+. A profile of Park Elliott Dietz, forensic psychiatrist.

Howard, D. (1998, October 18). Behind a desk, but maybe not for long. New York Times, CT, 1:1. Profile of Dr. Henry C. Lee, forensic scientist.

World Wide Web Sites

California Criminalistics Institute Virtual Library - the Specialties/Disciplines section briefly defines nine specialty areas within forensic science and the Professional Organizations sections provides a listing of forensic science associations. http://caag.state.ca.us/caldojvl/ccilibrary/index.htm

Careers in Forensic Science from a commercial consulting firm gives a brief overview of the education, knowledge, and experience necessary for a career in forensic science. Links to the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors web site and the electronic discussion list for forensic science are also provided. http://www.forensicdna.com/careers.htm

Carpenter’s Forensic Science Resources page provides definitions, other Web links and bibliographies for specialty disciplines within forensic science.

http://www.tncrimlaw.com/forensic//

Crime Scene Investigations - from an officer of the Illinois State Police Bureau of Crime Scene Services is devoted solely to crime scene investigations. Choose Crime Scene Investigator from the main page for a detailed job description including working conditions, functions, knowledge, abilities, etc. http://www.feinc.net/cs-inv.htm

Laboratories

FBI Forensic Laboratory home page provides an overview of laboratory organization and history and brief descriptions of some famous cases.
http://www.fbi.gov/programs/lab/labhome.htm

Forensic Science Reference Page from The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) forensic laboratory in Portland, Oregon, serves federal, state, and international wildlife law enforcement agencies. Their site provides links to other forensic Web resources and includes pages which describe their laboratory services and research projects.
http://www.lab.fws.gov/

 

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