View an episode of a dramatic television program depicting forensic science. Select one of the evidence analysis techniques described and research how your selected technique is used in real crime laboratories. Find at least 3 references with any combination of the following:
§ Textbook for FN105 (Forensic Science: The Basics )
§ Other books
§ Reputable internet sites
§ Journal articles
High quality searches will usually produce high quality results. Using resources in libraries will save you time and effort.
Start with WorldCat Discovery for an overview, using one or more keywords. Select something promising, review Subject Headings and do another search by subject. You may also want to filter by language or years.
For journal articles check "Peer-Reviewed". Most of our journals are online, but some are print, downstairs in the O’Hara Room. They are shelved alphabetically by title. Periodicals cannot be checked out, but there is a copy machine in the Reading Room.
For books, do not select "Peer-Reviewed," just select the Book format. If the book is Held by: Seton Hill University, Reeves Memorial Library, you will find it downstairs. For eBooks, there will be a link to EBook Central and you can read it online.
If you do not find enough information in WorldCat Discovery, try some of the other databases suggested in this LibGuide. EBSCOHOST databases are not linked in WorldCat Discovery and must be searched directly.
The C.R.A.P. method is a framework for beginning to evaluate sources. You need to look at the source itself AND do some fact-checking outside the source, too.
§ When the source was created or last updated?
§ Is this current enough for your topic (some fields change more rapidly than others)?
¨ Reliability (the content itself)
§ Are the sources of the information documented (cited)?
§ Is the content mostly opinion or mostly verifiable information?
§ Is the source summarizing or re-stating a different source? If so, "go upstream" to that original source and use it, instead.
§ When in doubt, do a quick web search to see if anyone else has already fact-checked the claims.
¨ Authority (the author or creator)
§ Who created this resource?
§ Is the creator an expert on this topic?
§ Does the creator have any institutional affiliations?
§ "Read laterally"-- do some quick searching to find out what others say about the author. What kind of reputation do they have?
¨ Purpose (the publishing source and/or medium)
§ Why was the resource created?
§ Who is the intended audience?
§ Does the publishing source have an agenda? (E.g., are they trying to get you to support a certain candidate or buy a product?)
§ Again, "read laterally"-- do some quick searching to find out what others say about the publication. What kind of reputation does it have?
§ Are there ads? A lot of them?