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Forensic Science Simplified

Forensic Science Simplified homepage
ForensicScienceSimplified.org is equally at home on a tablet, mobile device or desktop computer.

ForensicScienceSimplified.org, created by NFSTC and funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, makes it easy to understand the what, why and how of forensic science. Developed with noted experts, this straightforward guide walks non-scientists through the key disciplines that are crucial to today’s investigative and judicial process.

From firearms examination to video enhancement, the site provides simple, easy-to-understand explanations of 11 different forensic disciplines (with more in the works). Each section presents the principles behind the techniques, approaches for discovering and collecting evidence, and an overview of how it’s enhanced and processed once it gets back to the lab.

The Simplified Guide also clears up common misconceptions about what the science can and can’t accomplish. This free online resource is a valuable guide for police officers, attorneys, educators and the general public.

To make it easy and enjoyable to navigate, the site is built using responsive web design that automatically adjusts to your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. The site’s modern and easy-to-use interface was awarded a 2013 GDUSA award for design.

E-books and PDF downloads available

ForensicScienceSimplified.org now includes e-reader and PDF files for download to your computer or mobile device. Download the entire series or just the topics you need. With downloadable files, the content can be accessed from anywhere, anytime – even offline.

To use e-books, you will need an e-reader program, such as Adobe Digital Editions, installed on your computer. Smart phone users will need an e-reader app such as iBooks (Apple), Adobe Reader (Apple and Android), Google Books (Android) or other available reader to view the files.

To view PDF files, use Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download for desktops and mobile devices.

About the Project:
The concept for ForensicScienceSimplified.org arose from a focus group of professionals from the legal, judicial, law enforcement and educational fields. Convened to discuss areas where forensic science training and technical assistance was most needed, the group identified a need for additional resources to provide basic forensic science education.

This website was developed and designed by NFSTC under a cooperative agreement from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), award #2009-D1-BX-K028. ForensicScienceSimplified.org is funded in whole or in part through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).