This best-selling textbook, written for the non-scientist, is appropriate for a wide variety of college students, including law enforcement, criminal justice, law, and more! Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, 11th edition (PDF), strives to make the technology of the modern crime laboratory clear and comprehensible to the non-scientist. The nature of physical evidence is defined, and the limitations that current knowledge and technology impose on its individualization and characterization are examined. By combining case stories with applicable technology, Criminalistics 11e endeavors to capture the pulse and fervor of forensic science investigations. A major portion of the textbook centers on discussions of the common items of physical evidence encountered at crime scenes. These chapters include descriptions of forensic analysis, as well as updated techniques for the proper preservation and collection of evidence at crime scenes. Particular attention is paid to the meaning and role of probability in interpreting the evidential significance of scientifically evaluated evidence.
Teaching and Learning
Written by a well-known authority in forensic science, this textbook introduces the non-scientific student to the field of forensic science. It provides:
- Outstanding pedagogical features: Supports both learning and teaching
- Clear and comprehensible writing for the non-scientific student: Makes textbook appropriate for a wide variety of students, including criminal justice, law enforcement, and more
Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of forensics and its role in criminal investigation: Captures the pulse and intensity of forensic science investigations and the attention of the busiest student