Name of Collection: Forensic Science

School Name: Legacy School for Integrated Studies

Address: 34 West 14th Street New York, NY 10011

Phone: 212-645-1980

Fax: 212-645-2596

Librarian: Leanne Ellis

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Introduction: Given the popularity of forensic science in our culture, it makes sense to develop a collection that serves as an entry point for students to study this multifacited genre that integrates with so many areas of science and other disciplines.

Questions for Inquiry:

What is forensic science?
What different branches of science and social science are involved in the study of forensics and how?
How did DNA revolutionize the field of forensics?
Why are so many people fascinated by forensics?
How has forensic science altered the nature of criminal investigations?
What career opportunities are in forensics?


Crime, DNA, serial killers, trace evidence, murder, autopsy

Subject Headings:

Forensic sciences, Criminal investigations, Investigations, Criminology, Forensic scientists, Forensic anthropology, Forensic pathologists, Fingerprinting, Medical Examiners, DNA

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):

363.25, 614, 615.9

Key Books:

345.73 MAR
Marzilli, Alan. DNA evidence. Philadelphia : Chelsea House, c2005.
Examines DNA testing and the conflicts between law enforcement and civil liberties' concerns that the government has too much access to information about the genetic makeup of its citizens.
363.25 BEL
Bell, Suzanne. Fakes and forgeries. New York : Facts On File, c2009.
History and pioneers -- The scientific approach -- Dyes and pigments; inks and paints -- Detecting document forgery -- Counterfeiting currency -- Forging art, history, and science -- Conclusion : The future of fakes, forgeries, and counterfeits. Provides information about forgery and fraud, discussing counterfeiting currency, electronic and digital signatures, dating ink, handwriting analysis, and other related topics.
363.25 COO
Cooper, Chris. Forensic science. London ; : DK, 2008.
Presents an introduction to the field of forensic science, looking at how scientific evidence is used in crime detection, and the tools and technologies used to determine the evidence, and discusses the history and advances in the field. Includes CD-ROM.
363.25 DEN
Denega, Danielle. Have you seen this face? : the work of forensic artists. New York : Franklin Watts, c2007.
Presents a collection of real-life cases that have been solved by forensic artists and facial reconstructions.
363.25 FRI
Fridell, Ron. Forensic science. Minneapolis, Minn. : Lerner Publications, c2007.
Hard evidence -- Crime scene investigators -- Who are you? -- What happened? -- New technologies. An introduction to forensic science that examines real-life criminal cases and the technologies used to solve them.
363.25 HAR
Harris, Elizabeth Snoke, 1973-. Crime scene science fair projects. 1st ed. New York : Lark Books, c2006.
Provides an introduction to forensic science and the techniques used by crime scene investigators, and describes twenty related activities and experiments appropriate for science fairs, including the analysis of blood spatter patterns, DNA extraction, lie detection, document recovery, and others.
363.25 OWE
Owen, David, 1939-. Hidden evidence : 40 true crimes and how forensic science helped solve them. Willowdale, Ont. ; : Firefly Books, c2000.
Profiles forty true crime cases and explains how their investigations were aided by the use of forensic science.
363.25 SHO
Shone, Rob. Solving crimes through criminal profiling. 1st ed. New York : Rosen central, c2008.
Re-creating the crime -- All in the mind -- The mad bomber -- The tylenol murders -- The Seattle arsonist -- Other famous cases. Focuses on solving crimes through the science of criminal profiling, the prediction of criminal behavior.
572.8 PRO
Prokos, Anna. Guilty by a hair! : real-life DNA matches! New York : Franklin Watts, c2007.
Profiles real-life cases that have been solved through DNA matches; and explores the career of a DNA specialist.
614 SHO
Shone, Rob. Corpses and skeletons : the science of forensic anthropology. 1st ed. New York : Rosen Central, 2008.
The crime scene -- Bodies, bugs, and bones -- The Gouff case -- Body in the carpet -- The casket man -- Other famous cases. Describes how the science of forensic anthropology helps to identify corpses and solve crimes; and includes three actual crime stories in graphic novel format.
615.9 BEL
Bell, Suzanne. Drugs, poisons, and chemistry. New York : Facts On File, c2009.
Provides information about drugs, poisons, and chemistry; and discusses the work of forensic chemists, toxicologists, and medical examiners; while also providing information on instrumentation and equipment used in analysis, the Marsh test, and other related topics.


Encyclopedia of Forensic Science New York: Facts-on-File, 2004.



Beckett, Simon. Written in bone. New York : Delacorte Press, 2007.
Forensic anthropologist Dr. David Hunter is prevailed upon to leave London and travel to a remote island in the Outer Hebrides to inspect a corpse that has beenbadly burned--except for one hand and one foot--and left in an unoccupied cottage that shows no fire damage, and the situation deteriorates as more bodies turn up and a storm moves in, trapping a now endangered Hunter with little hope of rescue.
Rose, Malcolm. Roll call. Boston : Kingfisher, 2005.
In a futuristic London, sixteen-year-old forensic investigator Luke Harding and his robotic assistant, Malc, investigate a series of murders in which there are no traces of a murder weapon, and the only thing the victims seem to have in common is their name.

Magazine Articles

• Print:

• Online:

Joseph, Linda C.. "Who Dunnit." Multimedia Schools Vol 7. Issue 4Sept. 2000 32-35. 10 Mar 2009 <>.
"What is Forensic Science?." Monkeyshines on Health and Science March 2003 1. 10 Mar 2009 <>.
Baker, William P., Elizabeth DeBeus, and Carlton "Buck" Jones. "The Case for Forensic Toxicology." Science Activities Fall 2006 3-7. 09 Mar 2009 < login.aspx?direct=true&db=sch& AN=23182419&site=srck5-live>.
"Using Forensic Science Problems as Teaching Tools." Science Teacher Vol. 73 Issue 8Nov. 2006 38-43. 08 Mar 2009 <>.


Web Sites:

PBS Teachers Activity Packs that accompany the series on forensic science. Includes worksheets, interactive flash activities on fingerprinting, and much more!

Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body
A Website dedicated to the history of forensic medicine. It includes cases, technologies used, primary source artifacts, biographies of famous toxicologists and pathologists, video clips (pathologists at work and performed autopsy), and images. It also offers online activities and web resources.

CSI: Crime Seen, Investigated from the Why Files

Site that explores forensic entomology, graphology, and forensic anthropology.

Forensic Science” Thinkquest
This site provides an overview of the various areas of forensic science: Scene, Autopsy, Identity, Evidence, Suspects, Weapons, and Trickery. Each topic is broken down nicely with appropriate images and concise description. The site also includes lesson plans, a glossary, case studies, and science experiments in addition to interactive puzzles, crosswords, and quizzes.

Explores what happens during decomposition of bodies and looks at the forensic evidence of the process

Crime Scene Investigation
Details crime scene investigations and evidence collecting. Also contains many details about careers in forensic sciences

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Great site detailing careers in forensic sciences from what they do, to how much they make, to the different disciplines within the profession.

Create a DNA Fingerprint
Site from NOVA online that simulates a crime with suspects and leads viewers through creating a DNA fingerprint and then choosing the culprint

High School Forensic Investigation and Mock Trial
Provides a detailed lesson plan for how to do this in the classroom

Tru TV
Presents true-life crime cases in which different types of forensics were used to solve the crime


DVD 363.25 ALL
All about forensic science. [Standard format]. White Plains, NY : VEA (Video Education America), c2007.
An introduction to forensic science that examines the day-to-day responsibilities of forensic scientists, and covers the role they play in solving criminal investigations, as well as the methods and techniques they use to gather evidence and clues.
DVD 363.25 COL
Cold case files. Standard format. New York : A&E Home Video :, 2005, c2000.
Combining the latest forensic techniques plus old-fashioned police work, each episode takes a step-by-step look at how a mystery is finally solved and the culprit at last aprrehended.
DVD 363.25 FBI
FBI crime lab. Standard format. New York : History Channel :, 2006, c2003.
Narrated by Max Raphael. Presents an overview of the history of the FBI's crime laboratory, from 1932 to its state-of-the-art complex in Quantico, Virginia, discussing the development of FBI forensics, and changes that have occurred since the war on terrorism.
DVD 363.25 FOR
Forensics. Standard format. [Silver Spring, Md.] : Discovery School ;, c2004.
Introduces students to the basic forensic methods used to solve crimes, resolve legal issues, and date antiques.
Chemistry at work. Widescreen format. Silver Spring, MD : Discovery School, 2005, c2004.
Narrators, Thom Kikot, Leyna Juliet Weber. Examines the groups and periods of the periodic table of elements, looks at the role of chemistry in forensic investigations and fireworks, and discusses discoveries being made about the uses of carbon.
DVD 576.5 GEN
Genetics. Widescreen format. Silver Spring, MD : Discovery School, c2005.
Hosted by Bill Nye. Bill Nye hosts a discussion of genetics, explaining how scientists came to understand the rules of inheritance, discussing subsequent discoveries in the field including those related to DNA, and looking at how DNA sequences are used in forensic investigations.
DVD 599.9 PER
The perfect corpse. Widescreen. [South Burlington, Vt.?] : WGBH Boston Video, c2006.
DVD-ROM features: Teaching materials (PDF) -- A link to the Nova Web site, Narrator, Neil Ross ; featured experts, Eadaoin Campbell, Don Brothwell, Andrew Wilson, Tim Taylor, Ned Kelly, Miranda Aldhouse-Green. Forensic scientists piece together the circumstances of the death of Old Croghan Man, a headless Iron Age corpse discovered in a bog in Ireland and thought to have been the sacrificial victim of Celtic ritual.
Archaeology at work. Standard format. Silver Spring, MD : Discovery School, 2005, c2004.
Narrator, Thom Kikot, Leyna Juliet Weber. Explores the forensic uses of archaeology and geology, looking at investigations of China's Shang Dynasty, the mummies of Peru, religious and cultural relics of Jerusalem, the skeleton of a decades-old murder victim, and Earth's magnetic poles.
CSI. [Standard format]. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2003.
William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Paul Guilfoyle, Jorja Fox. Forensic scientists of the Las Vegas Police Department analyze evidence from crime scenes.


363.25 CLU
Clues in crime : the role of forensic science in criminal investigations. Knoxville, TN : Erroyo :, c2002.
Introduces the terms and techniques used by forensic scientists when investigating crime, featuring an inside look at a crime lab, with interactive exercises that allow viewers to attempt to solve crimes themselves.
363.25 COO
Cooper, Chris. Forensic science. London ; : DK, 2008.
Presents an introduction to the field of forensic science, looking at how scientific evidence is used in crime detection, and the tools and technologies used to determine the evidence, and discusses the history and advances in the field. Includes CD-ROM.

363.25 ROL
Rollins, Barbara B. Blood evidence. Mankato, MN : Capstone Press, c2008.
Describes how blood analysis is used to solve crimes, including the tests performed by lab technicians on samples to determine blood type and other characteristics, and finding, saving and interpreting blood evidence.
614 MAR
Martin, Michael, 1948-. Insect evidence. Mankato, MN : Capstone Press, c2008.
Explains how forensic entomologists use insects found at crime scenes to help police solve crimes.
614 ROL
Rollins, Barbara B. Cause of death. Mankato, MN : Capstone Press, c2008.
Describes clues bodies leave behind about the cause of death, procedures for autopsies, and ways medical examiners form an opinion about how a death has occurred.



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Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

Standard 4: Science

Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.