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Forensic Sci Rev. 2015 Jan;27(1):41-52.

An Improved Forensic Science Information Search.

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Forensic Science Library Services, Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau, Washington State Patrol, Seattle, WA, USA.


Although thousands of search engines and databases are available online, finding answers to specific forensic science questions can be a challenge even to experienced Internet users. Because there is no central repository for forensic science information, and because of the sheer number of disciplines under the forensic science umbrella, forensic scientists are often unable to locate material that is relevant to their needs. The author contends that using six publicly accessible search engines and databases can produce high-quality search results. The six resources are Google, PubMed, Google Scholar, Google Books, WorldCat, and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Carefully selected keywords and keyword combinations, designating a keyword phrase so that the search engine will search on the phrase and not individual keywords, and prompting search engines to retrieve PDF files are among the techniques discussed.


Databases; Google; Google Books; Google Scholar; Internet; National Criminal Justice Reference Service; PubMed; PubMed Central; Web of Science; WorldCat; forensic science information; online searching; search engines

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