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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.
- APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology. Vol. 1 (2015), and APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology. Vol. 2 (2015)
- Elsevier Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences (2013) (2nd edition)
- Encyclopedia of Insects (2009) (2nd edition).
- Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation.
- Handbook of Forensic Psychology (2013) (4th ed.) [online or print]
- World of Forensic Science, 2nd ed. (2016)
Browse FORENSICnetBASE, a collection of ebooks on many forensics topics such as arson & fire investigation, computer crime investigation, forensic pathology, and more.
E-books on forensic science from CRC Press.
All aspects of law enforcement, crime prevention and security, criminal justice, and juvenile justice.
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.
All aspects of animal research.
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.
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
- American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors
- American Board of Criminalistics
- American Society of Forensic Odontology
- Canadian Identification Society
- Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences
- Entomological Society of America
- Entomological Society of B.C.
- Entomological Society of Canada
- International Association of Identification
- The Society of Forensic Toxicologists
- US fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Lab
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:
- Search a database that includes some government documents (even if not comprehensive)
- Search specific government departmental websites for publications
Suggested databases for government-authored forensics information
- Canadian Electronic Library
- Canadian Research Index
- British Columbia Government Publications Index. Then, check our Library Catalogue to see if SFU Library has the publication.
- Public Safety Canada - Publications and Reports
- Correctional Service of Canada - Publications
- British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
National Institute of Justice
- Sample report from NIJ: Test Results for Mobile Device Acquisition Tool (January 2011)
- U.S. Department of Justice