Resources & References

You can learn more about this topic at the websites and publications listed below.


National Institute of Justice Trace Evidence Symposium, 2007, 2009, 2011

FBI Laboratory Scientific Working Group for Material Analysis (SWGMAT)

“Do Sweat the Small Stuff: Trace Evidence Can Make a Big Difference” (article)

National Institute of Justice Forensic Databases


American Board of Criminalists, Certification Program Overview, (accessed July 31, 2012)

Firearms Examiner Training, National Institute of Justice (online). (accessed July 31, 2012)

Laboratory Physical Evidence Bulletin #2: “Collection of Paint Fragments (online),” Bulletin #3: “Collection of Glass Fragments (online),” and Bulletin #4: “Collection of Fiber and Hair Evidence (online),” Quality Documents Program (2005) (accessed July 20, 2012). Find current standards at the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperative

Lyle, D. P. Forensics for Dummies™, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN (2004).

Saferstein, Richard. Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ (2007).

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin: Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2005 (online). (accessed July 31, 2012)


The authors wish to thank the following for their invaluable contributions to this forensic guide:

Kevin Lothridge, Chief Executive Officer, National Forensic Science Technology Center, Inc.

David Sylvester, Chief Projects Officer, National Forensic Science Technology Center, Inc.

Alastair Ross, Director, National Institute of Forensic Science at Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency

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