Forensic Science

Go to http://www.worldbookonline.com
(User ID = waf34   Password = pass34)
Click on ‘World Book Student’
In the search box, type: forensic science


A. Click on the article called ‘Crime laboratory’.

1. What are three tasks for experts who collect evidence connected to a crime? (on the lines)
2. What are nine examples of evidence that can be found at a crime scene? (on the lines)
3. From what language do we get the word ‘forensic’? (on the lines)
4. What does it mean in that language? (on the lines)
5. What are three specialties in the field of forensic science? (on the lines)
6. What is a ‘chain of evidence’? (between the lines)
7. What is the first step in handling evidence? (on the lines)
8. What are three procedures investigators follow to make sure they collect all the evidence? (on the lines)
9. What are six examples of trace evidence? (on the lines)
10. What is the second step in handling evidence? (on the lines)
11. What are three categories in this second step? (on the lines)
12. What is one of the newest techniques used by investigators in this second step? (on the lines)
13. How are expert witnesses treated differently than other witnesses in a court of law? (on the lines)
14. What is the minimum education required in order to have a career in forensic science? (on the lines)
15. When did fingerprinting first become popular as a way of identifying people? (on the lines)
16.  Go to the bottom of this article and copy the citation information. Make sure you use the correct format, spell correctly and use all the correct punctuation.

B. Go to this site next: http://search.ebscohost.com/
1. Type in the User ID and Password: waf34   pass34
2. Click on the Canadian Student Research Centre (Grades 5-9)
3. In the search box, type: leech forensic
4. Click on the article: Leech used as evidence in Tasmanian cold case
5. What police force was involved in the case? (on the lines)
6. In what country do you find that police force? (beyond the lines)
7. What was the crime? (on the lines)
8. Where was the leech found in the house? (on the lines)
9. How was the culprit identified? (on the lines)
10. What makes this case unique? (on the lines)
11. Go back to the top of the article and copy the title of the article and the information on the source line. Make sure you copy everything precisely, using the correct underlining and punctuation.

C. Click on ‘Result List’ near the top of the page.
1. Choose another article about this case that has more information.
2. Read the article and record three additional facts you learned about the case. (on the lines)
3. Why do you think these facts are significant? (between the lines)
4. Why do you think they were not included in the previous article? (beyond the lines)
5. Copy the title of the article and the information on the source line.

D. If you have time, try a new search using some key words related to forensic science.

[This page may be copied for use with students if the following credit is provided: ©2009 Sophie Rosen.]

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