Research Papers on Forensics

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  • Issues of Field Collection in Criminal Forensics

    An 8 page paper presenting the importance of systematic collection of crime scene evidence in the field. Discussion includes information of collection of fingerprints, foot and tire prints, evidence of sexual assault, and trace evidence such as hair and fiber. The paper stresses the importance of field documentation of evidence. Bibliography list five sources.

  • Philip Sugden's 'The Complete History of Jack the Ripper'

    A 3 page paper which provides a summary and review of "The Complete History of Jack the Ripper" by Philip Sugden. No additional sources cited.

  • A Healthy Self-Concept

    A 3 page research paper that discusses how to improve self-concept. The writer offers the personal example of her troubles with math and discusses how her self-concept toward academic success with math can be improved. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Annotated Bibliography on Psychopathology

    A 9 page overview of the topic of psychopathology. Includes an introduction outlining the importance of more fully exploring the topic, a methods section detailing the manner in which the literature search required by the paper was completed, an annotated bibliography, and a conclusion which ties together the information found in the literature search. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • The Importance of Forensic Psychology

    5 pages in length. The field of psychology is comprised of many subcategories in order to address various and distinct aspects in a more appropriate way. Forensic psychology is somewhat different from other sectors of the field by virtue of its intrinsic connection to the criminal justice system, an alliance that provides for better understanding of "the vast psychological perspectives" (Diviny et al, 2000) inherent to the law. More than that, however, is the fact that forensic psychology deals in myriad aspects of the legal component, not the least of which include helping to set policy and create laws, determining offender competency, establishing a defendant's mental condition at the time when the crime was committed, criminal profiling, attorney consultation for jury selection, treating mentally unstable offenders, acting as expert witness in court and "analyzing a criminal's mind and intent" (Diviny et al, 2000). Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Criminal Theory and Crime's Psychological Correlates

    A 4 page overview of the contemporary views on criminal psychology. This paper distinguishes between psychology which is used in the therapeutic treatment of criminals and that used to demonstrate guilt or innocence in a court of law. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Forensics

    A 9 page overview of forensics. The author defines forensics and illustrates its history. Examples from criminal investigations are emphasized along with forensic psychology. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Child Sexual Abuse and a Film Review of PBS' Innocence Lost The Verdict

    A 5 page overview of the film. The author of this paper relates the major events of the film and compares it to the HBO docudrama “The McMartin Trial”. In each film the subject is the alleged sexual abuse of children. In “Innocence Lost” the accused, Robert Kelly is found guilty despite the existence of practically no hard evidence. In “The McMartin Trial” the members of the McMartin family are absolved of guilt. This paper emphasizes the relative worth of the documentary verses the docudrama format and concludes that while Kelly serves his consecutive life sentences in jail, the McMartin’s serve theirs in an environment in which they will never be able to fully escape societal suspicion and disdain despite their proclaimed innocence. No sources are listed.

  • Who Would Have Wanted President John F. Kennedy to be Assassinated?

    10 pages in length. Attempting to determine just which group or individual wanted John F. Kennedy out of office has been one of the most compelling, yet ever-elusive, aspects of the president's assassination. A worthwhile topic for one's research paper, evaluating the various conspiracy theories will help to bring together all the massive speculation that has lived on throughout the years, sometimes with very little proof to substantiate the claims. Clearly, there was more at work with regard to JFK's assassination than that of a lone lunatic; as the student puts to use the various articles in this series, there will at once be a significant sense of understanding as to the diverse possibilities incorporated in the many conspiracy theories. This paper consists solely of an annotated bibliography of eight sources.

  • An Analysis of an Article on Fingerprints by Gregg Easterbrook

    This 3 page paper analyzes Gregg Easterbrook's article about DNA fingerprinting entitled "The Myth of Fingerprints." Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Technology and the Criminal Justice System

    In six pages this paper examines the impact of technology on the criminal justice system an overview of biometric identification, fingerprinting, palm printing, DNA analysis, and intra-agency databases, their advantages and disadvantages, and also assesses the effects these technological advancements have had on the criminal justice system as well as its impact upon the constitutional rights of the accused. Seven sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Is Handwriting Subjective or Accurate?

    A 5 page paper which examines what, if anything, handwriting reveals from a forensics perspective. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • DNA in Investigations and as Evidence

    A 5 page research paper that explains what DNA and DNA analysis are and then discusses the role of this criminal law enforcement tool investigations and as evidence in court. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Many Applications of DNA Fingerprinting

    This 3 page paper provides an overview of the many applications of this forensic technique. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • DNA A Tool in Criminal Justice

    This 3 page paper considers the value that DNA has had in the criminal justice system. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • DNA and the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification Project

    A 4 page overview of the importance of DNA testing in criminal justice. This paper reviews this importance from the perspective of expanding DNA databases. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Forensic Science and DNA Testing

    6 pages in length. Technological advancement has changed the very foundation upon which mankind lives; while some of this tremendous progress is questionable in nature, the vast majority has allowed for significantly more convenience, speed and result. DNA testing within forensic science is one of the most important examples of how technology has enabled law enforcement officials to identify criminals much more accurately and in much less time. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Identity Testing and DNA

    A 2 page paper discussing the probability of identity through DNA testing. Long used for paternity testing, forensic databases even now are being constructed listing genotypes of known and convicted offenders. Improvements in test procedures and sensitivity has resulted in probability of identity increasing from 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 82 billion in recent years, making DNA testing one of the most reliable methods of proving identity. Bibliography lists 3 sources. KS-DNA.doc

  • Community Notification on Reported Sex Offenders

    This 15 page paper evaluates the problem of sex offenders that are released into the community. Megan's law along with similar legislation is discussed in depth. The problem of impinging on offenders' rights, as well as these laws having the opposite of the intended effect, are issues included. Statistics regarding recidivism are relayed. The paper supports community notification despite some arguments made to the contrary . Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • The Murder Case of Serial Killer Ted Bundy

    In eleven pages this paper considers how infamous serial killer Ted Bundy was captured and convicted in an overview of the investigation and how the evidence was gathered that led to his conviction and eventual execution in January 1989. There is also a comparison between how the Bundy case would have been handled now. Six sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Death By Electricity

    This 5 page paper begins with an explanation of different terms associated with electricity. The writer discusses whether it is current or voltage or both that cause injury and death. A case of murder by electricity is used to demonstrate how electricity can kill. The essay also discusses the injuries and deaths that can be caused by lightning. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Law Enforcement Technology in the 21st Century

    This 6 page paper discusses some of the latest advances in law enforcement technology, and what they mean to the future of law enforcement. It also discusses the possibility that such technologies can be misused. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Multi-Modal Biometrics in the Future of Forensic Science

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of forensic science. The future function of multi-modal biometrics is explored. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Collection, Packaging, and Preservation of Firearms, Fingerprints, and Blood Evidence

    In four pages, this paper considers the physical evidence collection, packaging, and preservation of blood, fingerprints, and firearms. Four sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • CSI Personal Code of Ethics

    An 8 page research paper/essay that draws on sources in order to offer advice to a student regarding crafting a personal code of ethics for crime scene investigations (CSI). This discussion of literature focuses on the need of CSI agents to craft a personal code of ethics that builds on this professional ethical mandate using a major ethical framework as a guide. This example of such a personal code of ethics utilizes the framework provided by Christian Ethics. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Serial Killers' Personalities

    This 8 page paper looks at different serial killers and attempts to determine if their future actions could have been determined prior to the events by personality analysis. The paper discusses the similarities and differences, as well as the time and aspect of any observed personality changes. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Smith and Wesson 657 and the Power of .41 Caliber Magnum

    (5pp) A defensive revolver available in .41 Magnum with a short barrel was unheard of until recently. Offered by The Smith & Wesson Performance Center, and Lew Horton Distributing, the Model 657 is compact in size, has 6 round capacity, and utilizes the .41 Magnum's unquestioned power. Bibliography lists 3 sources.


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