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Forensic Science: Finding Books

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Books give an overview of a subject and provide information on core concepts and theories.  This makes them a good starting point for your assignments. Core books for your subject will be listed on your module reading list.  If you have an online reading list on Blackboard or another learning environment, this will show you the copies of the book available from the library.   You can also find books by searching FINDit, the Library search engine. 

Shelf Marks

The Dewey Decimal system is a classification system used by libraries to arrange books by subject. Each book is issued a shelfmark number, which is placed on the spine of the book and arranged in numerical order. After the numbers, there are three letters that refer to the author or editor of the book and are in alphabetical order.

Here are some key shelfmarks for your subject area.

300.72    Social Sciences Research Methods
362.29    Drug Abuse
363.25    Forensic Science
363.25964    Fire Investigation
364.072    Criminological Research
502.82    Microscopy
541.3    Physical Chemistry
543    Analytical Chemistry
545    Quantitative Analysis (Chemistry)
546     Inorganic Chemistry
547    Organic Chemistry
611    Human Anatomy
612    Human Physiology
614.1    Forensic Medicine
771    Photographic Techniques


Encyclopedia of Forensic Science

Encyclopedia of  Forensic Sciences

  • Provides a truly comprehensive resource with current information about forensic science
  • Presents a modern structure that reflects how researchers and professionals actually use the content
  • Includes a global perspective, with emerging issues like genealogical searches and human rights
  • Covers a variety of topics that affect forensic science, like legal issues, ethics and professionalization

Looking for a Book

1. To find a specific book title, enter the book title or author in the FINDit search box and select the Libraries search option. 

2. To find books on a subject, enter a keyword into the FINDit search box and select the Libraries search option. 

3. Can’t find the book you are looking for? You can request it as an interlibrary loan or Recommend the book to your Librarian 

Study Skills

Recommend a Book 

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