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Trent Students Publish in Prestigious Journal

"Seventeen undergraduate and graduate students and two post-doctoral fellows at Trent University recently published a paper on the peer-review process in the prestigious journal Biological Reviews. Their paper addresses concerns related to the peer-review system in academic research and provides recommendations on how the process could be modified to improve research quality." Click here for the rest of the news story.

Trent University Forensic News

Nine Trent University Professors Receive Over $1 Million in NSERC Funding including:
Dr. Christopher Kyle, Forensics        

Immunogenetic Interactions: Assessing the Capacity of Northern Species to Adapt to Infectious Disease

Discovery Grant ($145,000 over five years)

Using cutting-edge genomic technologies to further our understanding of how species' genomes interact with their environments, Professor Kyle’s research works to enhance effective and targeted management actions, aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of infectious diseases on human and wildlife health, biodiversity, and food security.

Trent Professor Instrumental in Discovery of Panda Cubs’ Gender
Toronto Zoo recognizes expertise of Trent's Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre

With the birth of two new panda cubs at the Toronto Zoo in October, Toronto Zoo staff enlisted the help of Dr. Brad White, director of the Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre and professor at Trent University for his help in identifying the new cubs’ genders. Read the full story.

Grad Student Thesis on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Among Most-Accessed Dissertations
Thesis by ENLS M.Sc. graduate Mike Illes among ProQuest Top 25 List

"When it comes to criminal forensics, one of the biggest issues investigators face is the popularity of “CSI”-style detective shows – and one of the best ways to combat the misinformation found in those shows is with solid analysis and research. That’s one reason that Mike Illes, who completed an M.Sc. in Environmental and Life Sciences at Trent in 2011, was thrilled to learn his thesis was one of the top 25 most-accessed theses on ProQuest in December 2014." Read more on the Trent University Daily News page.

The paper, titled “Investigation of a model for stain selection and a robust estimation for area of origin in bloodstain pattern analysis,” is notable for its use of statistical modelling to analyze blood spatter that occurs with blunt force trauma.


Welcome to the Forensic Science Subject Guide.  In the pages of this guide you will find information about and links to important resources in Forensic Sciences. 

Use the tabs across the top to navigate your way through this guide.

If you need some help, don't forget to check out the tutorials and please don't hesitate contact the Librarian to ask a question or to book a research appointment. 

Getting Started

Before you start searching, you should know what you want to find. The type of information you want determines where you look:

The keywords you select will affect what you find. Plan where you want to search and what terms you will search for. The plan may change as you find results and learn from them.

Course textbooks and Reserve readings are often a great place to start. They provide background reading and often include a bibliography. Check to see what's already available for your course. The list of reference books under "Find Books" may also offer helpful background reading and bibliographies.

Where you look for information in Forensic Sciences depends on what you hope to find. There is no ONE PLACE to search for everything. Information is sometimes "owned" by an organization and you'll need to search a specific database to find it.

We have a set of 3 online tutorials that will get you started with your research: Library Catalogue, Keyword Searching Techniques, and Finding Articles. You should read (or watch) these tutorials before trying to do your research - it will save you time and frustration.