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Criminalistics Laboratory Manual

The Basics of Forensic Investigation

Criminalistics Laboratory Manual provides students who have little to no prior knowledge of forensic science with a practical crime scene processing experience. The manual starts with an original crime scene narrative, setting up the crime students are to solve. This narrative is picked up in each of the 17 forensic science lab activities, tying all forensic disciplines together to show the integrated workings of a real crime lab. The lab activities cover fingerprints, blood typing and spatter analysis, hair and fiber, digital forensics and more.

After completing all of the exercises, the student will be able to solve the homicide based on forensic evidence. Each chapter also includes an introduction to the type of forensic evidence covered, and practice exercises and key definitions prepare students for the laboratory exercise. While fitting in with the larger crime scene narrative, the individual chapters are written so that they can be used separately, giving instructors flexibility.

Undergraduate/community college/career school criminal justice students. Forensic technician certificate programs.

Paperback, 240 Pages

Published: January 2013

Imprint: Anderson Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4557-3140-4


  • "Erickson…offers a textbook for an online forensics course, substituting household products and office supplies for the chemicals and equipment used in conventional classroom and laboratory courses. She demonstrates each step of the process from the initial 911 call to the final questions used to qualify an expert witness at trial in 17 laboratory sessions pivoting on an extended fictional murder case."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013


  • Preface
    Introduction: The Crime
    Laboratory #1 - Crime Scene
    Laboratory #2 - Photography
    Laboratory #3 - Evidence Collection
    Laboratory #4 - Autopsy /Wound Documentation
    Laboratory #5 - Fingerprint Processing
    Laboratory #6 - Fingerprint 10-print Card
    Laboratory #7 - Questioned Documents
    Laboratory #8 - Footwear / Tire Impressions
    Laboratory #9 - Tool Marks
    Laboratory #10 - Odontology
    Laboratory #11 - Blood Typing
    Laboratory #12 - Blood Spatter Analysis
    Laboratory #13 - Glass
    Laboratory #14 - Hair and Fiber
    Laboratory #15 - Drugs and Toxicology
    Laboratory #16 - Digital Forensics
    Laboratory #17 - The Trial
    Glossary of Terms
    Appendix with Report Forms


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