Sequential Unmasking Resources


Cognitive Bias in Forensic Science articles

Cognitive Bias supporting articles


Conventional serology technical resources


Sourcebook in Forensic Serology, Immunology, and Biochemistry: 1989 Update, R.E. Gaensslen, USDOJ, NIJ

(Scroll down to find the title, the chapters are downloadable as individual PDFs. If the link fails, just go to and perform a keyword search)


DNA technical and legal resources


Denver District Attorney's office

PDF downloads of DNA admissibility decisions


Scientific Testimony, An On-line Journal

PDF downloads of DNA admissibility decisions



Maintained by NIST - All you ever wanted to know about STRs



Forensic Science books on-line



On-line access to their complete line of books on forensic topics, criminal justice, law enforcement and law


Government reports and publications


The Fingerprint Inquiry Report (The Scottish report instigated by the Shirley Mckie fingerprint misidentification - concludes fingerprint evidence is opinion, not fact)


Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States, A Path Forward (NAS 2009)

Executive summary


Forensic Science in the Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods (PCAST 2016)


The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook


DNA for the defense


An Independent Review of the NC SBI Laboratory


Report of Investigation of the Trace Evidence Section of the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, State of New York, Office of the Inspector General


Report on the Erroneous Fingerprint Individualization in the Madrid Train Bombing Case


A Review of the FBI’s Progress in Responding to the Recommendations in the Office of the Inspector General Report on the Fingerprint Misidentification in the Brandon Mayfield Case


The FBI DNA Laboratory Report : A Review of Protocol and Practice Vulnerabilities


Education and Training in Forensic Science: A Guide for Forensic Science Laboratories, Educational Institutions, and Students


The NRC report on elemental analysis of bullets : Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence (2004)


The NRC reports I and II are now available on-line
DNA Technology in Forensic Science (1992)

 The Evaluation of Forensic DNA Evidence (1996)


National Commission in the Future of DNA Evidence November 2000


The Future of Forensic DNA Testing: Predictions of the Research and Development Working Group


What Every Law Enforcement Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence


Postconviction DNA Testing: Recommendations for Handling Requests


Convicted by Juries Exonerated by Science: Case Studies in the Use of DNA Evidence to Establish Innocence After Trial


Forensic Science Communications

On-line journal of the FBI


FBI Handbook of Forensic Services


Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat (Y-STR) Interpretation Guidelines, Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM 2014)


Quality Assurance Audit for Forensic DNA and Convicted Offender DNA Databasing Laboratories, Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods 2009


Revised Validation Guidelines Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods


SWGDAM Interpretation Guidelines for Autosomal STR Typing by Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories 2010


USDOJ/OIG FBI DNA laboratory report


West Virginia Supreme Court Investigative Report on Fred Zain


Report of the Kaufman Commission on Proceedings involving Guy Paul Morin (a "must read" for forensic scientists, attorneys, and investigators)


Regina v. Peter Weller, Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL, Neutral Citation Number: [2010] EWCA Crim 1085, Case No: 2008/4666/B3 (decision mentioning the "experience" of examiners)


Professional resources


American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS)


American Board of Criminalistics (ABC)


American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD)


National Forensic Science Technology Center (NSFTC)


International Association for Identification (IAI)


International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG)


Association of Firearm and Toolmark examiners (AFTE)


Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA)


California Association of Toxicologists (CAT)


International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA)


International Association for Chemical Testing (IACT)


International Association for Microanalysis (IAM)


Southern California Association of Fingerprint Officers (SCAFO)


American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD)


Canadian Society of Forensic Scientists (CSFS)


The British Forensic Science Society


The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society


California Association of Criminalistics (CAC)


Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAASF)


Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS)


New Jersey Association of Forensic Scientists


Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS)


Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists (NWAFS)


Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS)


Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS)



Beyond statistics


Charles Brenner's Forensic Mathematics Page


True crime links


National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington, D.C.

The museum displays historically famout crime scenes and provide information concerning national crime and punishment


The Crime Library


The Sheppard Murder Case

Beacon Journal Series

Crime Library



The Shroud of Turin