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FOR 301 Research Guide: Week 1

Library guidance for FOR 301: Introduction to Forensic Science.

Assignment for Week 1

1. Locate a journal that publishes work on forensic science. Discuss the focus of the journal (i.e., general issues, analytical, specific discipline...).

2. Locate the National Academy of Sciences Report Strengthening Forensic Science: A Path Forward. Choose one of the recommendations and discuss the implications. Do you feel the recommendation is possible to implement - has it already been instituted?

Tips for completing task 1 of this week's assignment

1. Click on the Articles tab of this guide and choose a journal from the list in the middle of the page.

2. After clicking on the journal title you will see a page that looks something like this:

journal home page

3. You can learn a little about the focus of the journal in the Subjects (here "Forensic Medicine") and Description (here "Publishes research and information about Forensic Identification in its various disciplines.") sections. 

4. If no description is provided, as in this example below, click on the Full Text Access link or the URL to find the publisher's home page for the journal. 

5. Now look for an "About" link to find more about the focus of the journal.


Tips for completing task 2 of this week's assignment

1. Click on the Books & Reports tab of this guide.

2. Click on the title of the report:

3. Scroll down to view the Table of Contents. You can click the blue plus sign to see the sections of each chapter, including the Conclusions and Recommnendations.

4. Click on the Conclusions and Recommendation link. You can turn pages using the arrow button at the bottom of the screen. You can also print out up to 100 pages of the report at a time. Just use the print button at the top of the page:

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