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Forensic Sciences

databases and resources for Penn State faculty, staff and students researching forensic science topics

Basic book searching

  • Use the Browse function if you are looking for a specific title or author (type last name first).
  • Use the Keyword function and combine terms to search on a topic then use the subject headings from relevant books for additional search terms.
  • Write down the call number and location for any book you want. If the item is not at your campus use the "I Want It" button to request it. 
  • For electronic books, click the link under the words "online content" to access the full text

You can also find books via

Book Searching Tips

Suggested CAT Search Terms: Try searching for general concepts (e.g. forensic anthropology OR ballistics trajectory) or specific aspects (e.g. DNA fingerprinting OR diatoms and drowning). Depending on the topic, Forensic Science print materials at University Park may be found in the Social Sciences Library, 2-Paterno, or the Life Sciences Library, 4-Paterno.

General call numbers and subject areas are:

  • HV6001-HV9920 - Crimes and Criminals
  • HV8073-HV8078 - Criminal Investigation
  • RA1001-RA1171 - Forensic Medicine
  • RA1228 - Forensic Toxicology

Libraries Borrowing Policies

  • Check books out at the nearest lending desk or self check-out station. 
  • Loan periods are usually one semester
  • Books can be recalled for another user, so respond ASAP to library notices. 

Find Books not at PSU

If you know the item you want, and Penn State does not own it, use Interlibrary Loan!

Try these databases if you want to search other libraries by subject or author.  

You can request the items directly from these systems and they will automatically use our InterLibrary Loan service