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Forensics Investigation Resources: Evaluating information

This guide provides information on forensic sciences resources available at WVU Tech.

Science or Pseudoscience?

Since forensic science has risen in the conscience of current culture, so has the publication of questionable articles. How do you determine if what you're reading is actually based on "good" science?  According to The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (citation and link below), the scientific method should be used to support the theories and ideas.

Stump, David J. "Pseudoscience." New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, edited by Maryanne Cline Horowitz, vol. 5, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005, pp. 1950-1951. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Accessed 13 Sept. 2017.

Use what you have learned in your science classes and approach what you're reading with a healthy dose of skepticism.  See if there are other articles or books that agree or disagree with the premise of what you're reading.  Here is a short set of guidelines that will help you judge information: