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Forensic Science information resources

This guide lists selected forensic information sources available to SFU faculty, students, and staff. It provides supplementary information to the main Criminology Research Guide.

Forensic topic overviews

Encyclopedias are a great resource for gaining an overview of a topic before you delve into more specific research found in journal articles. They may also point you to key terminology, authors, and articles/books in your research area.

The above list is not comprehensive. See also Forensic Sciences--Encyclopedias. Or, try keyword searches in the Library Catalogue using the keywords encyclopedia + [your topic].


Browse FORENSICnetBASE, a collection of ebooks on many forensics topics such as arson & fire investigation, computer crime investigation, forensic pathology, and more.

Journal articles

Top Resources


E-books on forensic science from CRC Press.

NCJRS: National Criminal Justice Reference Service

All aspects of law enforcement, crime prevention and security, criminal justice, and juvenile justice.

Web of Science

Indexes core journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, can be used for citation analysis of research. A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the publications covered by the index. You can use these references to do a cited reference search. This type of search enables you to find works that cite a previously published work.

Zoological Record plus Zoological Record Archive

All aspects of animal research.

List of Criminology databases

Help finding journal articles


Search in the Library Catalogue by these subject headings for books on statistical analysis for forensic scientists:

SFU Library Research Guide: Crime and Justice Statistics


Primal Pictures Interactive Anatomy
Primal Pictures is a detailed and accurate 3D model of human anatomy. The database contains rotatable 3D models of the human body and anatomical layers which may be stripped away. Also included are common pathologies.

The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education
A series of images demonstrating gross and microscopic pathological findings.

Associations and organizations

Association websites may provide conference proceedings, lists of essential readings on forensic topics, and accreditation requirements, amongst other helpful information.

There are too many organizations to list here; please review the American Academy of Forensic Science's list of organizations for many more specific organizations, e.g., The Fingerprint Society.

Government publications

There is unfortunately no single, centralized database that contains all Canadian (or US) government publications.  There are two key strategies for locating on-topic publications:

  1. Search a database that includes some government documents (even if not comprehensive)
  2. Search specific government departmental websites for publications


 Suggested databases for government-authored forensics information

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United States

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If you need help, please contact Chloe Riley, Acting Liaison Librarian for Criminology, Psychology & Philosophy at 778-782-3315 or or Ask a librarian.