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FSC350H5F Special Topics in Forensic Science: Forensic Statistics

Resources for research in methods of visualizing and analyzing univariate, bivariate, and multivariate data in forensic science, with emphasis on practical applications of statistics in various forensic sub-disciplines.

The Library Search

The LibrarySearch searches through all the journals and e-books at the UofT Libraries. It allows you to limit to peer-reviewed journals right away.

Start by typing in a set of relevant search terms, like statistical tests forensic science, into the search box:

LibrarySearch for statistical tests

Remember to narrow the search down to just articles in journals. Otherwise, you will get many book chapters. You need to click on the Advanced Search box to limit to journal articles.

Advanced Search for articles

Filter your results to peer-reviewed journal articles and be sure to select online as well. Apply the filters by clicking on the green box:

Search limits

It is easy to sort the results by either relevance or by most recent:

sorting search results

Finally, when reviewing your results (all should be available online!), remember to select articles that fit the context of statistical research in forensic science.

context of articles


Interdisciplinary Article Databases

Scopus is less intuitive than the Library Search, but with practice you can get many relevant results. Just remember that in Scopus you use the " " to get an approximate match, not the exact match. An exact match is achieved with curly brackets, like this: {CSI effect}. The " " search will always get you more results than an exact search.

scopus search example

As with the LibrarySearch and Web of Science, you have to look for the forensic science context:

forensic science context in Scopus


Subject databases like Web of Science give more search options. Using proximity operators such as NEAR/n makes searches with common terms like "CSI effect" and "forensic", or, as shown below, "face" and "recognition" or "identification" more flexible:

Web of Science searching

In Web of Science, as in Scopus, it is possible to evaluate articles based on their use by the scientific community. You can look at the Times Cited and Usage Count to see which articles are getting used by other researchers:

WoS usage