Fingerprint Evidence Additional Information

Recommended Web sites:
For information about fingerprints, go to (Ridges and Furrows) or

A history of fingerprint identification is available at (Ed German).

You can learn more about how the FBI handles fingerprints and the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System at,, and

To learn more about fingerprint classification and identification, see (Michigan State University).

Information about current applications of fingerprint-identification technology can be found at (Bridgewater State College).

For information about fingerprint identification and privacy issues, see (Electronic Privacy Information Center).

The Fingerprint Verification Competition has a Web site at of Bologna).

An article about Simon Cole of the University of California, Irvine and faulty fingerprint identification is available at–sof091305.php (University of California, Irvine).

Sohn, Emily. 2004. Crime lab. Science News for Kids (Dec. 15). Available at

Science Fair Projects:

Fingerprint Patterns and Ethnicity

Heredity and Fingerprint Patterns

Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:

When Objects Talk: Solving a Crime with Science— Mark P. Friedlander, Jr., and Terry M. Phillips

Published by Lerner Publishing, 2001.

Meet the many people who investigate crimes—homicide detectives, medical examiners, legal teams, and forensic specialists. Explore how bloodstain patterns, soil and fiber analysis, fingerprinting, DNA testing, ballistics, and many other techniques help identify suspects and solve crimes. Read how police, lawyers, judges, and juries bring criminals to justice. This book includes photographs that show the many methods used to analyze evidence.

Case Closed: The Real Scoop on Detective Work— Milton Meltzer

Published by Orchard Books/Scholastic, 2001.

We might imagine detectives sleuthing around in trench coats or hunched over their magnifying glasses—but what is real detective work like? The first part of this book describes what it’s like to be a detective. It explains how detectives deal with the crime scene, scared witnesses, and white-collar crime. The second part tells what goes on behind the scenes in the lab, from fingerprints and DNA evidence to bullets, blood, and poison. Detectives who aren’t on the police force are the subject of part three. Included here are famous private detectives, corporate detectives, investigative reporters, and detectives who specialize in organized crime. The book concludes with information on how to become a detective.

Crime Science: How Investigators Use Science to Track down the Bad Guys— Vivien Bowers

Published by Firefly Books, 1997.

“Have you ever wondered if you’d make a good investigator?” asks author Vivien Bowers. The book takes you to several crime scenes. Learn the skills and techniques of the men and women who help solve crimes. How do people detect counterfeit money and checks? Find the culprit behind a crime committed by a computer hacker. Inside information, as well as recent scientific advances in crime solving, is explained. The author describes how experts around the world use DNA tests and fingerprint databases to find crooks and killers.

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Power Words

forensic medicine The branch of medicine that interprets or establishes the facts in civil or criminal law cases.

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