Books and Resources used in Forensic Science with Lab for High School

Becky Bowman - Instructor

Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (College Edition) (9th Edition) (Hardcover)
by Richard Saferstein (Author)

Hardcover: 672 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 9 edition (July 3, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0132216558
ISBN-13: 978-0132216555

Intro to Forensic Science courses - in CJ, Forensic Science, Chemistry programs

Criminalistics aims at making the subject of forensic science comprehensible to a wide variety of readers who are planning on being aligned with
the forensic science profession.  Written by a very well-known authority in forensic science, this text introduces the non-scientific student to the
field of forensic science.  Through applications to criminal investigations, clear explanations of the techniques, and the abilities and limitations of
modern crime labs,
Criminalistics covers the comprehensive realm of forensics.  The text strives to make the technology of the modern crime
laboratory clear to the non-scientist.  Combining case stories with applicable technology,
Criminalistics captures the excitement of forensic
science investigations.


Updated techniques, practices and procedures.

Familiarizes students with the most current technologies in forensic analysis.

Interest in criminalistics and forensic science among college students is at an all-   time high.  
The 8th edition of Criminalistics has been completely updated.
Introduces your students to cutting-edge techniques in this exciting field.

DNA profiling technologies—

Introduces students to the latest DNA technologies and their capabilities and limitations.

Automated Firearms Search Systems and digital imaging techniques.

Introduces students to the latest digital technologies and their applications to fingerprint development, document examination, and bullet

•        Internet use.

Introduces students to basic concepts and encourages their exploration of the latest  websites.
•        Exploration of physical evidence

- discussions of common items of physical evidence encountered at crime scenes including how to properly collect & preserve them.

•        All contents were covered except for the arson section of chapter 11.
Becky Bowman     May 2009

•        Table of Contents
•        CHAPTER 1    Introduction
•        CHAPTER 2    The Crime Scene
•        CHAPTER 3    Physical Evidence
•        CHAPTER 4    Physical Properties: Glass and Soil
•        CHAPTER 5    Organic Analysis
•        CHAPTER 6    Inorganic Analysis
•        CHAPTER 7    The Microscope
•        CHAPTER 8    Hairs, Fibers and Paint
•        CHAPTER 9    Drugs
•        CHAPTER 10    Forensic Technology
•        CHAPTER 11    Forensic Aspects of Arson and Explosion Investigations
•        CHAPTER 12    Forensic Serology
•        CHAPTER 13    DNA: The Indispensible Forensic Science Tool
•        CHAPTER 14    Fingerprints
•        CHAPTER 15    Firearms, Tool Marks, and Other Impressions
•        CHAPTER 16    Document and Voice Examination
•        CHAPTER 17    Computer Forensics
•        CHAPTER 18    Forensic Science and the Internet
•        CHAPTER 19    The Future

Basic Laboratory Exercises for Forensic Science for Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (College Edition)

by Richard Saferstein (Author)

•  Publisher: Prentice Hall; 9th edition (July 16, 2006)
•  Language: English
•  ISBN-10: 0132216272
•  ISBN-13: 978-0132216272

All contents were covered except for item 4. Becky Bowman May 2009

Table of Contents

1 — Locard’s Exchange Principle
2 — Crime Scene Response and Deductive Reasoning
3 — Crime Scene Sketching and Digital Photography
4 — Forensic Glass Analysis – this was not done
5 — Fingerprinting
6 — The Microscope
7 — Hair Comparison
8 — Handwriting Examination
9 — Paper Chromatography of Ink
10 — Thin Layer Chromatography of Ink
11 — Blood Spatter Evidence
12 — Blood Stain Analysis
13 — Thin Layer Chromatography of Liquid Lip Color
14 — Tool Mark Analysis
15 — Footwear Impressions
16 — Forensic Entomology
17 — Forensic Anthropology

Bodies We've Buried: Inside the National Forensic Academy, the World's Top CSI Training School (Hardcover) by Jarrett Hallcox
(Author), Amy Welch (Author)

•  Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; First Edition  (January 3, 2006)
•  Language: English
•  ISBN-10: 0425207528
•  ISBN-13: 978-0425207529
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As a certified high school science teacher, I became interested in teaching forensic science after working in disaster services at Ground
Zero in NYC shortly after 9/11/2001. When I began teaching forensics to high school students there were few resources available.
After extensive research I chose the books of Richard Saferstein, PhD to use as the basis of the course. Dr. Saferstein was the head of
the New Jersey Crime Lab (the largest in the country) from 1971 until 1990 and his books are used in college classrooms across the
world. Dr. Saferstein’s website can be accessed at this web site: http:

Next, I discovered Murdoch University in Australia was teaching a forensics course using Dr. Saferstein’s book and I was given
access to their complete syllabus and teaching materials and incorporated this into my course.

I was fortunate to meet Art Bohanan, a nationally renowned fingerprint expert who worked for years as a criminalist at the Knoxville
Police Department. He was also instrumental in developing the National Forensics Academy. Mr. Bohanan kindly taught me how to
economically do many of the techniques used in the Academy. Some of the techniques are described in the book Bodies We've
Buried: Inside the National Forensic Academy, the World's Top CSI Training School.

Because of my work and training working numerous areas of national disasters, I am given access to the latest and most innovative
devices available to police departments. Currently I am enrolled in classes to set up communications in disasters and we are using
military communication systems.

Each year my course is updated and current events are always incorporated into the class. Additionally, I use literally hundreds of on-
line resources to enhance the forensics learning experience.

Resources I use when available include:

Pellissippi State Technical College
– When possible, I borrow a human skeleton which was originally in Dr. Bill Bass’ collection for
students to examine and learn to detect the age of a body from bones.

FBI – agents regularly speak to the class on Weapons of Mass Destruction and terrorism

Knox County Sheriff’s Department – Detective Tom Walker is a certified trainer in numerous areas of investigation. His specialties
are crime scene processing and gangs. He speaks to the class for 4 hours per year

Pellissippi State Technical College – anatomy lab to view corpses and practice dissection

Kim Salmons, DDS – Students are provided with bite molds to assist to get basic practice in dental identification

McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee – Body Farm exhibits
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