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Encyclopedia of Forensic Science, Revised Edition
  • Format
  • Authored by: Suzanne Bell, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: Science Encyclopedia
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816067996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6799-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 06/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 363.25
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 432


Praise for the previous edition:
Society of School Librarians International "Honor Book"

"...user friendly and accessible...a book with tremendous potential usage...Highly Recommended."—Library Media Connection, starred review

"...an excellent source...Essential..."—Choice

"...will provide readers with a nuts-and-bolts understanding of the real world of forensic science and is recommended for public and undergraduate libraries."—Booklist

"...[a] handsome, polished reference work...should be among the more frequently consulted reference works in public and university libraries."—American Reference Books Annual

Gathering the core topics of forensic science into one comprehensive volume and providing an overview of each, this edition of the award-winning original features approximately 650 entries, more than 80 new to this edition. More than 12 essays are interspersed throughout this reliable A-to-Z reference, describing how forensic science relates to areas such as drug testing in sports, privacy concerns, misconceptions about forensic science, and the interface of forensic engineering and forensic science. Encyclopedia of Forensic Science, Revised Edition is richly illustrated with more than 200 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, plus a full-color insert containing photographs with depictions of firearms, tool marks, and DNA analysis. Most of the photographs were supplied by working forensic scientists in many different organizations. With updated appendixes aiding further research, this essential revised edition will remain the ultimate primer in the subject of forensic science for high school and college students alike.

New and revised entries include:

  • Accidental characteristics
  • Airplane crashes
  • Alchemy
  • Anthropology, forensic
  • Birch Method
  • Bloodstain patterns
  • Robert Boyle
  • Color and colorants
  • Crime labs (forensic labs)
  • CSI and CSI effect
  • DNA wars
  • Dust analysis
  • Environmental forensics
  • Explosive power
  • Glove prints
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Lindbergh kidnapping
  • Madrid bombings
  • Albertus Magnus
  • Oaths and ordeals
  • Sir William Brooke O'Shaughnessy
  • Paracelsus
  • Rigor mortis
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)
  • Skeletal identification
  • Sir Bernard Spilsbury
  • Vinland Map
  • Zwikker test
  • and more.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Further reading. Web sites. 8-page, full-color insert.

About the Author(s)

Suzanne Bell, Ph.D., has a degree in chemistry from New Mexico State University and an M.S. in forensic science from the University of New Haven. She is currently an associate professor of chemistry and director of forensic and investigative sciences at West Virginia University. Bell’s previous work has been published in Journal of Chemical Education, Analytical Chemistry, and Journal of Forensic Science. Bell is also the author of the acclaimed The Facts On File Dictionary of Forensic Science.

Reviews and Awards

“…concise, easy to digest…suitable for most libraries…an excellent introduction to and starting point for research into forensic sciences."
American Reference Books Annual

"...fills the need for accessible, accurate information on a popular topic...Recommended for public and academic undergraduate libraries as well as high school libraries."
Library Journal

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