This new set addresses one of the fastest growing subjects in academic curricula, the forensic sciences, which are also known as criminalistics. Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of both public and academic interest in the application of scientific techniques to investigations of crime. Television audiences have developed a seemingly insatiable appetite for shows such as CSI and Cold Case that go into the minutiae of how forensic techniques are used to solve crimes. The emphasis in such shows tends to be on crimes of violence, particularly murder. However, although forensic sciences do indeed play a major role in homicide investigations, they are also applied to a multitude of other kinds of investigations, ranging from simple accidents and arson to war crimes and writing instrument analysis, all subjects studied in academic courses on forensic science and criminal justice. The appendixes include an annotated bibliography of general works, a biographical directory of key figures in the history of the field, a glossary, a guide to online resources, a directory of television shows in which forensic sciences figure prominently, and a time line of major events.
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