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Since many search services are expanding their services, many new and easy to use methods have become available. This field is evolving rapidly, since also publishers are converting to free information.
An excellent source for finding articles is
NCJRS also has a good index of articles http://www.ncjrs.org/abstractdb/search.asp
Also most forensic journals are available on line now. A new service is www.forensicsource.org where five forensic journals are accessible with pdfs for payment or subscription. Other journals are available in the links at http://forensic.to/links/pages/General_information_resources/Literature_and_journals/
There are also free full text medical journals on line, also with high impact factors
Publishers / Books / Libraries
Elsevier has many of their publications on line at Science Direct. Registering gives some more possibilities.
Wiley has forensic information at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/search/allsearch
Taylor and Francis at www.informaworld.com
The libraries are expanding their services to become competitive with the other search services http://books.google.com
A resource to find free patent information is
Espace of the European Patents Office is full text for US, European and Japanese patents.
Also here a new development of google : http://patents.google.com convenient to use however it needs more options to compare it with the other services. It is expected that also other options and perhaps different patent files (EU?) will become available.
Societies and Journals begin to publish on the web. While searching for the best way to publish, depending on the time and journal they might be free or they ask for subscription or pay-per-article.
The commercial databases exist for over thirty years now. They have an excellent index to articles, however you are charged for viewing this information.
For chemical questions STN is a host for chemical abstracts. They have a simple database for searching Easysearch, were you can view the costs based on clicks before, and an interface were you can mix databases, and search in a wide variety of ways. They have over 200 databases, and the Science Citation Index and Inspec are worth a visit.
For laws and news use LEXIS/NEXIS. A patent database that is good to use is http://www.delphion.com . With this database it is easily possible to find trend in patents. An example of biometrics is shown in own research.
The database for forensic science is the FORS . This database is a very good source for forensic science, and for me it is the source which I always use. The system is maintained by the Forensic Science Services in The U.K. It is also available on the web.
If you do not have access to the databases, please subscribe one time, or visit your library, and they might do the search for you.
If you have any other suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit this presentation on forensic databases at the AAFS for hands on training. It is however somewhat old, and should be revised since much has changed since then !
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