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The catalogue contains all BU library owns, and it's a quick way to search for books and multimedia that you can borrow.
- Search by title - you can put a comma and then the author's surname to narrow it down, for example Tale of two cities, Dickens
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These are the 3 main links you'll need to use a lot in finding and using books for your work.
What are the best textbooks?
Forensic science by This text aims to provide a broad, scientifically rigorous introduction to forensic science. It covers processes from the crime scene to presentation of forensic science in court and focuses on the chemical, biological and physical methods used in forensic examination
Publication Date: 2017
Forensic Science by Forensic science is a subject of wide fascination. What happens at a crime scene? How does DNA profiling work? How can it help solve crimes that happened 20 years ago? In forensic science, a criminal case can often hinge on a piece of evidence such as a hair, a blood trace, half a footprint, or a tyre mark. High profile cases such as the Stephen Lawrence enquiry and the Madeleine McCann case have attracted enormous media attention and enhanced this interest inrecent years. However, the public understanding of forensic science is poor, and largely based on TV shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which exploit high-tech imagery for dramatic effect. Forensic science is a complex activity at the interface of science and law. However, it also deals with real life issues and its results are interpreted within unique situations. Complex scientific findings must be considered carefully, dispassionately, and communicated with clarity, simplicity, andprecision.In this Very Short Introduction, Jim Fraser introduces the concept of forensic science and explains how it is used in the investigation of crime. He begins at the crime scene itself, explaining the principles and processes of crime scene management. He explores how forensic scientists work; from thereconstruction of events to laboratory examinations. He considers the techniques they use, such as fingerprinting, and goes on to highlight the immense impact DNA profiling has had. Providing examples from forensic science cases in the UK, US, and other countries, he considers the techniques andchallenges faced around the world.
Publication Date: 2010
Forensic Science by Covering a range of fundamental topics essential to modern forensic investigation, the fourth edition of the landmark text Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques presents contributions from experts in the field who discuss case studies from their own personal files. This edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the cutting edge of forensic science across many different areas. Designed for a single-term course at the lower undergraduate level, the book begins by discussing the intersection of law and forensic science, how things become evidence, and how courts decide if an item or testimony should be admissible. It takes the evidence from crime scene investigation into laboratory analysis and even onto the autopsy table for the fullest breadth of subject matter of any forensic text available. Topics include Forensic anthropology and the role of entomology in a death investigation Death investigation, including identifying the cause, manner, mechanism, and time of death Bloodstain pattern analysis, the identification of blood and body fluids, the work of forensic toxicologists, and seized drug analysis The history and development of DNA typing and the many ways it can be used Fingerprint, firearm and ballistic, tool mark,tread impression, and trace evidence The forensic analysis of questioned documents and computers Arson, fire, explosives, and the work of forensic engineers in vehicular accidents and structural collapses Forensic psychology and psychiatry, including criminal profiling The future of forensic science Going beyond theory to application, this text incorporates the wisdom of forensic practitioners who discuss the real cases they have investigated. Color-coded sidebars in each chapter provide historical notes, case studies, and current events as well as advice for career advancement. Each section and each chapter begins with an overview and ends with a summary, and key terms, review questions, and up-to-date references are provided. Appropriate for any sensibility, more than 300 photos from real cases give students a true-to-life learning experience. *Access to identical eBook version included
Publication Date: 2014-01-13
Different Types of Academic Books
- Usually big - you probably won't read from cover to cover.
- Give a good overall introduction.
- Best place to start and find the main areas of debate and discussion.
- Click here for a good example.
- Chapters are written by different authors.
- There is an editor or editors on the cover
- In referencing you list the author and title of the chapter, and also the details of the book (see referencing guide.
- A specialist book on one topic.
- Often (but not always) just one author.
- Good for going deeper in academic discussions and debates.
- A family of books by a publisher on a similar theme/ area.
- By different authors/ editors.
- Can be useful for finding other books on a topic
- Festschrifts: Written in honour of a scholar, and the subject matter will be in areas of the scholar's own work and interest..
- Conference Proceedings: Sometimes published as a book, and can bring together some of the most recent research in an area.
- Reference Books: Many books in the library are labelled 'reference only' - what we mean by reference books in this context is that they are books you'd dip into for short articles, definitions or statistics.
- Theses: these are PhDs and master's dissertations. These can be very useful for seeing what questions other people are working on.