• Forensics

    Media Center Resources


    Ball, J. et al. (2004). Forensics. Milwaukee, WI: Gareth Publishers.

    “Examines some of the techniques forensic scientists use to gather evidence used in trials.”

    Call Tag: 614 FO
    Lexile 1040MG


    Ballard, C. (2010). Crime under the microscope! In the forensics lab. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers.

    “Describes how forensic scientists solve crimes in the laboratory, discussing fingerprints, fibers, DNA analysis, pathology, and other related topics.”

    Call Tag: 363.25 BA

    Lexile  1030MG


    Becke, E. (2009). Cool forensics tools: technology at work. Edina, MN: ABDO publishers.

    “Introduces young readers to forensic science through creative, step-by-step projects that utilize the basic tools and skills applied by forensic scientists while solving crimes.”

    Call Tag: 363.25 BE

    Lexile 840MG


    Carmichael, L. E. (2017). Discover forensic science. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications.

    “How can you tell how a person died? Discover the theories and practices behind forensic science through the gripping text and engaging visuals in this book."--Provided by publisher.”

    Call Tag: 363 CA

    Lexile 770MG


    Cooper, C. (2008). Forensic science. New York: Dorling Kindersley.

    “A look at the tools and techniques used by forensic scientists in solving crimes, from fingerprint analysis to DNA testing.”

    Call Tag: 363.25 COO

    Lexile ~1100L


    Gardner, R. (2010). Who can solve the crime? : science projects using detective skills. Berkeley, NJ: Enslow Elementary.

    “Presents several science experiments using detective skills, such as observation, code breaking, and interpreting eyewitness evidence, and includes science project ideas and crimes to solve.”

    Call Tag: 363 GA

    Lexile ~790

    Gardner, R. (2010). Whose fingerprints are these? : crime-solving science projects. Berkeley, NJ: Enslow Elementary.

    “An exploration of fingerprints and forensic science that explains how a variety of prints, such as finger, lip, tooth, and foot, can be used to help solve crimes and includes cases to solve, and instructions for related experiments”

    Call Tag: 363 GA

    Lexile ~880


    Glass, S. (2008). Forensic investigator. Chicago, IL: Raintree.

    “Looks at the work done by forensic investigators, discussing the science behind how they find and evaluate evidence. Includes a glossary.”

    Call Tag: 363.25 GL

    Lexile 680MG


    Howard, A. (2008). Terrorist file : the Lockerbie investigation. New York: Bearport Publishing Company.

    “Discusses Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded mid-air over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988.”

    Call Tag: 636.12 HOW

    Lexile 840L


    Jackson, D. M. (1996). The bone detectives : how forensic anthropologists solve crimes and uncover mysteries of the dead. Boston, MA: Little Brown and Company.

    “Explores the world of forensic anthropology and its applications in solving crimes.”

    Call Tag: 363.2 JA

    Lexile 1100L MG


    Nicholson, E. (2008). Murder file : a killer's manual. New York: Bearport Publishing Company.

    “Describes the forensic techniques used during the investigation of the murder of Anne Mendel, which led police to a mysterious manual written by the killer.”

    Call Tag: 634 NIC

    Lexile 830L


    Prokos, A. (2007). Killer wallpaper: true cases of deadly poisonings. New York: Franklin Watts.

    “Explores the work of forensic toxicologists, describing techniques they use to help solve crimes and discussing real cases.”

    Call Tag: 615.9 PR

    Lexile 670L


    Snedden, R. (2012). Crime-fighting devices. Chicago, IL: Raintree.

    “Explores how science and technology are used to fight crime, describing technological advances such as scanners, sensors, and security sprays and explaining how natural and genetic fingerprinting works and how robots are used to defuse bombs.”

    Call Tag: 681 SN
    Lexile 960L


    Webber, D. (2007). Shot and framed : photographers at the crime scene. New YOrk: Franklin Watts.

    “Presents a collection of real-life cases that have been solved by forensic photographers.”

    Call Tag: 363.25 WEB

    Lexile 590L


    Discovery Education Resources


    Exploration Distribution, 2008. Sci Q: CSI. [Full Video]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com

    “Join Andrew and Paula as they learn about the science involved in crime scene investigation, also known as CSI. They work with crime scene specialists to learn about evidence including fingerprints, footprints, and DNA. They also meet a police dog and take charge of a simulated crime scene to test their new skills.”

    Grade(s) 3-5, 6-8

    Time 21:18

    Contains 5 Video Segments

    Exploration Distribution, 2008. Crime Scene Specialists. [Video Segment]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com

    Time 4:22

    “Andrew and Paula meet with crime scene specialists to learn about how to look for clues at a crime scene. They enter a dynamic simulation area, which is a sample crime scene set up for forensic identification specialists. The pair wore forensic suits to keep them from contaminating the scene and observed the various pieces of evidence they found.”

    Exploration Distribution, 2008. Fingerprints. [Video Segment]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com

    “Explores the different methods for collecting fingerprints with Paula. No two fingerprints are alike and they are lifted from objects using techniques involving metallic powder and magnets, silver powder and brushes, and chemicals and light.”

    Time 4:53

    Exploration Distribution, 2008. Footprints and DNA. [Video Segment]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com

    “Joins Andrew to learn about how footprints are lifted using electrostatic dust lifters and powdered dental stone while Paula learns how to collect and compare DNA samples.”

    Time 3:43

    Exploration Distribution, 2008. Police Dogs. [Video Segment]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com

    “Follows Andrew while he interacts with police dogs as they use smell to uncover clues. Dogs have moisture on their noses that helps capture smells along with over 220 million sensory cells in their noses.”

    Time 1:36

    Exploration Distribution, 2008. CSI in Action. [Video Segment]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com

    “Paula and Andrew work together to try solving a crime using evidence found in a simulated crime scene. They test for fingerprints and footprints, collect DNA, and share their theories.”

    Time 5:37