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Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism, Third Edition

Author(s): James E. Girard, PhD, American University
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  • ISBN-13: 9781284037036
  • Product With Access Code    532 pages      © 2015
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"I am not an expert in this field, however as a digital forensics specialist, I need to have the knowledge of forensic science and [Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism, Third Edition] has helped me to achieve that. I would like to thank the author for this great book and the way he made it simple for any reader to understand. I found it fascinating and I will recommend this book to anyone who is interested in forensics science."
-Kenny Awuson-David, digital forensics lecturer, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom

A Fully Revised and Updated Third Edition of the Bestselling Essential Forensic Science Text

Designed for students that are not biology, chemistry, or physics majors, this fully revised and updated Third Edition of the best-selling Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism provides a comprehensive introduction to forensic science, the scientific principles that are the underpinnings of crime analysis, and the practical application of these principles. Essential topics such as fingerprint identification, DNA, ballistics, detection of forgeries, forensic toxicology, computer forensics, and the identification and analysis of illicit drugs are thoroughly explained in a reader-friendly manner. Unlike comparable texts, the Third Edition includes coverage of important terrorism and homeland security issues, including explosives, cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction. The text is also the only book on the market with a detailed description of DNA and CODIS techniques used by professionals.

The updated Third Edition includes all-new and expanded coverage of crime lab procedures. It ties recent high profile crimes such as the capture of the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer and terrorist attacks, such as the Boston Marathon bomb to the forensic work that has been done to apprehend these criminals. The most comprehensive, accessible, and thorough text of its kind on the market, Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism is an essential resource for undergraduate and high-school students entering the ever-evolving field of forensic science.

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Features & Benefits

  • Current and up-to-date case studies are included in each chapter and link the technical material to actual crimes that were solved using the techniques presented.
  • Logical arrangement of topics from simplest concepts to more complex
  • New photos, figures, and illustrations throughout visually engage students and assist them in retaining key material.
  • Contains updated and expanded discussions throughout, including new information on woven fabrics, collection of rape evidence, and the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • Updated to include coverage on recent events, including the Supreme Court’s DNA decision.
  • Contains new sections on crime scene safety, agroterrorism, and poisons.
  • Every new printed copy is packaged with an access code to unlock the numerous interactive learning and study tools available on the Navigate Companion Website
  • Accompanied by an expanded suite of ancillaries, including PowerPoint Lecture Outlines, Test Bank, and Instructor’s Manual

Applicable Courses

  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Introduction to Criminalistics

Designed for undergraduate students without a science background. This text is also suitable for law enforcement training environments.

Section 1  Introduction to Criminalistics
Chapter 1  The Crime Scene
Chapter 2  Physical Evidence
Section 2  Trace Evidence
Chapter 3  Physical Properties: Forensic Characterization of Soil
Chapter 4  The Microscope and Forensic Identification of Hair, Fibers and Paint
Chapter 5  Forensic Analysis of Glass
Section 3  Pattern Evidence
Chapter 6  Fingerprints
Chapter 7  Questioned Documents
Chapter 8  Firearms
Section 4  Chemical Evidence
Chapter 9  Inorganic Analysis: Forensic Investigation of Bullets and Gunshot Residue
Chapter 10  Arson Investigation and Organic Analysis
Chapter 11  Drugs of Abuse
Section 5  Biological Evidence
Chapter 12  Forensic Toxicology
Chapter 13  Biological Fluids: Blood, Semen, Saliva and an Introduction to DNA
Chapter 14  Forensic DNA Typing
Section 6  Terrorism
Chapter 15  Computer Forensics, Cyber crime and Cyberterrorism
Chapter 16  Explosives
Chapter 17  Detecting Weapons of Mass Destruction
Appendix A  Forensic Organizations, Testing Laboratories, Equipment and Supply
Appendix B  Metric Measurements and Equivalents

James E. Girard, PhD-American University

Dr. James Girard is Professor and Chairman of the Chemistry Department at American University. He teaches analytical, environmental and forensic chemistry, as well as chemistry for non-science majors.  

Since he has been at the American University, he has received more than 25 grants totaling more than 3 million dollars and has published over 60 research articles. Professor Girard is a specialist in analytical chemistry. His research focuses on the methods and techniques used to separate and identify complex mixtures. He has also developed methods for the analysis of environmental pollutants in soil and water, the amount of neurotransmitter present in human serum, the concentration of disinfectants in hospital disinfectants, the composition of polymers and the separation and identification of genetic material from DNA.  At American University he has supervised over 25 Masters Theses and 30 PhD dissertations.

Professor Girard is the recipient of awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship. He was the 1995 recipient of the Leo Schubert Award for Outstanding Teaching of Science at the College Level from the Washington Academy of Sciences. In addition, Professor Girard has served as an expert witness in court cases involving environmental, patent infringement and personal injury.

 

 

 

  • "I am not an expert in this field, however as a digital forensics specialist, I need to have the knowledge of forensic science and [Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism, Third Edition] has helped me to achieve that. I would like to thank the author for this great book and the way he made it simple for any reader to understand. I found it fascinating and I will recommend this book to anyone who is interested in forensics science."

    -Kenny Awuson-David, digital forensics lecturer, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781284037036

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