Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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274 pages
6 x 9 inches
July 2020
Print ISBN: 9781773381633


Written for the Canadian forensic science student and the professional practitioner, this timely and practical handbook provides an experience-based learning tool. This text offers an understanding of scientific method and evidence-based analysis and how they relate to forensic science and its casework—from the crime scene to the courtroom—within the Canadian context. The authors explore the paradigm shift in forensic science, highlight basic skills like scientific reasoning and literature review, and untangle the complexities of ethics and bias, research design, critical thinking, and best practices for communication in various settings. Case examples and court testimonies are reviewed to underscore the importance of these concepts.

By blending real-life examples with scientific concepts like validation, peer review, accountability, and transparency, The Scientific Method in Forensic Science is a fundamental read for students in introductory forensics, criminology, police studies, and anthropology.


  • includes questions for critical thinking, suggestions for further reading, a glossary, and additional instructional popouts
  • provides an experience-based learning opportunity for understanding the scientific method
  • utilizes case studies and court transcripts to illustrate practical applications in a Canadian context

Table of Contents

Foreword, Hélène LeBlanc

Preface, Mike Illes

Chapter 1: Introduction: The Paradigm Shift in Forensic Science

Chapter 2: Concepts of Science and the Scientific Method

Chapter 3: Critical Thinking in Forensic Science

Chapter 4: How to Critically Review a Published Journal Article

Chapter 5: What the Literature Says: From Student to Expert

Chapter 6: The Use, Misuse, and Absence of Statistics in Forensic Science Casework

Chapter 7: Research Design for the Forensic Science Student and Practitioner

Chapter 8: The Importance of Ethics and Impartiality in Forensic Science

Chapter 9: The Key to Effective Communication in Forensic Science

Appendix: Exercise Answers



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