Digital and Document Examination

Digital and Document Examination

1st Edition - January 27, 2018

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  • Editor: Max Houck
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128027394
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128027172

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The Advanced Forensic Science Series grew out of the recommendations from the 2009 NAS Report: Strengthening Forensic Science: A Path Forward. This volume, Digital and Document Examination, will serve as a graduate level text for those studying and teaching digital forensics and forensic document examination, as well as an excellent reference for forensic scientist’s libraries or use in their casework. Coverage includes digital devices, transportation, types of documents, forensic accounting and professional issues. Edited by a world-renowned leading forensic expert, the Advanced Forensic Science Series is a long overdue solution for the forensic science community.

Key Features

  • Provides basic principles of forensic science and an overview of digital forensics and document examination
  • Contains sections on digital devices, transportation, types of documents and forensic accounting
  • Includes sections on professional issues, such as from crime scene to court, forensic laboratory reports and health and safety
  • Incorporates effective pedagogy, key terms, review questions, discussion questions and additional reading suggestions


Graduate students and educators, as well as entry level professionals

Table of Contents

  • [All Sections will include Review questions, Discussion questions and Additional readings sections]

    Section 1. Introduction
    Basic Principles of Forensic Sciences
    Forensic Classification of Evidence
    Interpretation/The Comparative Method

    Section 2. Digital Devices
    Digital Imaging and Photography: An Overview
    Cellular Phones
    Digital Image: Enhancement and Authentication
    Audio Enhancement and Authentication
    Analysis of Digital Evidence

    Section 3. Transportation
    Aircraft Flight Data Recorders 
    Electronic Data Recorders (EDR’s, Black Boxes)
    Analog Tachograph Chart Analysis

    Section 4. Documents
    History of the Forensic Examination Documents
    Overview of the Forensic Document Examination
    Analytical Methods
    Document Dating
    Ink Analysis
    Paper Analysis

    Section 5. Financial
    Counterfeit Currency
    Identity Theft
    Forensic Accounting
    Payment Cards
    Counterfeit Goods

    Section 6. Professional Issues
    From Crime Scene to Court
    Forensic Laboratory Reports
    Health and Safety
    Child Pornography

Product details

  • No. of pages: 264
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: January 27, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128027394
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128027172

About the Editor

Max Houck

Dr. Max M. Houck is an internationally-recognized forensic expert with research interests in forensic science, education, and the forensic enterprise and its industries. He has worked in all aspects of forensic science, including at the FBI Laboratory. Dr. Houck has published widely in books and peer-reviewed journals. His anthropology and trace evidence casework includes the Branch Davidian Investigation, the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon, the D.B. Cooper case, the US Embassy bombings in Africa, and the West Memphis Three case, among hundreds of others. He served for six years as the Chair of the Forensic Science Educational Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Dr. Houck is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a founding Co-Editor of the journal Forensic Science Policy and Management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice President, Forensic and Intelligence Services, LLC

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