Crime Scene Investigator Resources

Resources for Students and CSIs in the Field

Whether you are a new CSI, a veteran, or someone just starting out in your education, you will need access to other professionals and publications on a regular basis to stay fresh, share experience and knowledge, and connect with your peers. Our comprehensive list of resources is available for anyone in the CSI industry, from ballistics experts to technicians, those who work in the lab or those who spend time in the field. As a student, you can gain experience from those who have been in the industry for a long time, and as a veteran, those new to the industry can provide a fresh outlook and a new eye to concepts you use on a daily basis.

National and International Associations

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

aafs.org

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a professional organization providing leadership to science and its role in the legal system through conferences and collaboration.

Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners

afte.org

The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners, founded in 1969, is the international professional organization for Firearm and/or Toolmark practitioners, holding seminars and sharing information to further the profession.

North American Forensic Entomology Association

nafea.net

The North American Forensic Entomology Association grew out of a conference of national and international forensic entomologists with six key objectives to further the field of entomology in the criminal justice system.

International Association for Identification

theiai.org

The International Association for Identification is the oldest and biggest forensic association in the world, hosting an annual conference, certifications, committees, trainings and resources for its members.

American Board of Criminalistics

criminalistics.com

The ABC is comprised of national and regional organizations who represent forensic scientists. They establish professional levels of skills, knowledge, provide testing and certification.

National Center of Forensic Science

ncfs.ucf.edu

The National Center of Forensic Science is located at the University of Central Florida and works with the criminal justice program to provide to provide relevant and responsive forensic science research.

International Crime Scene Investigators Association

icsia.org

The ICSIA has membership and certification for those actively involved with or associated with positions who process crime scenes. They offer tips on becoming a CSI and access to others in the field for collaboration.

International Association of Forensic Nurses

forensicnurses.org

IAFN is comprised of over 4,700 nurses who are practicing forensic science in over 26 countries worldwide. This organization offers certifications and an online learning.

International Assoc. of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

iabpa.org

The IABPA encourages education and promotes training with high educational standards. They also offer in depth training on blood stain pattern analysis.

International Association of Arson Investigators

firearson.com

The International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) is comprised of over 9,000 fire investigation professionals whose main goal is to suppress the crime of arson.

Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences

csfs.ca

Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences is made up of forensic alcohol scientists from across Canada. The study matters that pertain to drinking alcohol and driving motor vehicles.

AOAC International

aoac.org

AOAC International is an analytical science program that publishes basic and applied research in the analytical sciences that pertains to foods, drugs and alcohol.

Association of Firearm and Tool marks Examiners

afte.org

The Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners is also known as AFTE and offers six-day-long trainings \ all across North America. AFTE quarterly publishes a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations

thecfso.org

Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations is comprised of 6 groups that represent more than twenty one thousand forensic science specialists within the USA.

American Board of Forensic Toxicology

abft.org

The American Board of Forensic Toxicology has a primary purpose of providing certification to forensic toxicologists and accreditation for laboratories providing forensic services.

Association of Forensic DNA Analysts & Admins

afdaa.org/AFDAA/Welcome.html

The Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators is a nonprofit organization made up of DNA analysts, supervisors and administrators. They meet twice a year to disseminate information and share ideas.

International Association of Forensic Toxicologists

tiaft.org

The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists was founded in 1963 to promote cooperation and coordination among their members to encourage research in the field of forensic toxicology.

Society of Forensic Toxicologists

soft-tox.org

The Society of Forensic Toxicologists is a nonprofit professional organization whose members include practicing forensic toxicologists and other interested parties and their events include workshops, newsletters and more.

Association for Women in Forensic Science

awifs.org

The Association for Women in Forensic Science has a mission of commitment to inclusion, advancement and recognition of women within the forensic sciences field.

American Board of Forensic Anthropology

tiaft.org

The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists was founded in 1963 to promote cooperation and coordination among their members to encourage research in the field of forensic toxicology.

American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors

ascld.org

The ASCLD is a professional society for forensic science managers and crime lab directors to foster professional interests, maintain and improve communication between crime lab directors, encourage high standards in the field and more.

National Forensic Science Technology Center

nfstc.org

The National Forensic Science Technology Center is located in Largo, Florida and works to improve the forensic science practices within the US and worldwide locally and with military.

National Association of Medical Examiners

thename.org

The National Association of Medical Examiners is located near Kansas City Missouri. NAME offers conferences in regards to forensic pathology and death investigations.

American Society of Questioned Document Examiners

asqde.org

American Society of Questioned Document Examiners is currently the oldest and largest organization in the world dedicated to the profession of forensic document examination.

Intl. Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners

theiacme.com

The IACME is one of the fastest growing coroner and medical examiner’s organization in the United States and offers 80 years of experience in the presentation of educational seminars.

Forensic Science Society

csofs.org

Forensic Science Society  contains roughly 3,000 members in 60 countries world wide. CSFS aims to be the platform to support Quality Management with the establishment of two certificates.

Council of Forensic Science Educators

cofse.org

CFSE aims to educate students that are seeking careers within the forensic science industry and to help them achieve the highest academic standards for their programs.

Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers

afqam.org

The Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers is also referred to as AFQAM. AFQAM strives to promote quality assurance management for the forensic community.

State and Regional Associations

Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists

swafs.us

The Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists meets at conferences to exchange information among forensic scientists to improve techniques and review latest discoveries.

Southern Association of Forensic Science

southernforensic.org

SAFS is comprised of members who have given expert testimony in some type of court in the criminal justice system. Members also may have advanced the cause of forensic science.

New Jersey Association of Forensic Science

njafs.org

The New Jersey Association of Forensic Science consists of forensic scientists, students, associates and other academics from New Jersey and surrounding states. 

Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists

nwafs.org

The Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists was founded in 1972 in Spokane, Washington, and is now a community of professionals who share information, solve problems and stimulate research and development of new techniques.

Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists

maafs.org

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists or better known as MAAFS organization encourages the exchange and dissemination of ideas pertaining to forensic sciences.

Northeastern Association of Forensic Science

neafs.org

The Northeastern Association of Forensic Science hosts conferences on faulty forensic results and how to provide accurate results that will not result in wrongful convictions.

California Association of Criminalistics

cacnews.org

The California Association of Criminalistics is based out of California and emphasizes the field of Criminalistics. They hope for cooperation among laboratory personnel.

Wisconsin Association for Identification

thewai.org

The Wisconsin Association for Identification hosts a conference, seminars and provides educational information to those in the law enforcement community to encourage the highest standards of evidence management.

Publications

The Forensic Teacher Magazine

theforensicteacher.com/intro.html

The Forensic Teacher Magazine is a free, subscription-based magazine that forensic educators trust. It features a how-to section as well as interesting stories and labs with activities.

Journal of Forensic Science

aafs.org/resources/journal-of-forensic-sciences/

Journal of Forensic Science is a digital subscription that is available as a member and non-member based subscription. This journal goes over academy news and proceedings.

Journal of Forensic Research

omicsonline.org/forensic-research.php

Journal of Forensic Research is an online journal manuscript submission program that has over twenty-five thousand readers enjoying releases.

IEEE Transactions on Info Forensics and Security

ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp

IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security discusses sciences, technologies, and applications relating to information forensics.

Forensic Science International: Genetics

fsigenetics.com

Forensic Science International: Genetics promotes scientific knowledge on a global scale in the field of genetic markers analyzed for forensic purposes.

Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine

jflmjournal.org

Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine proudly publishes articles related to forensic and legal medicine that can further information within the civil justice system.

Forensic Toxicology

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/journals/forensic-toxicol/

Forensic Toxicology makes it easier to browse through publications pertaining to substance and toxicology based science.

Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

springer.com/medicine/pathology/journal/12024

Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology offers automatic annual renewal of the online publication subscription services that relate to medicine, science and pathology.

Forensic Magazine

forensicmag.com

The Forensic Magazine goes over evidence collection, exonerations, digital forensics, death penalty information and crime lab and in-depth crime scene information.

Forensic Science International

omicsonline.org/forensic-research.php

FSI is one of the most influential contributions across the forensic sciences because it offers cutting edge information on forensic pathology and histochemistry and chemistry

Environmental Forensics

environmentalforensics.org/isef-journal.aspx

Environmental Forensics is an international journal that goes over environmental contaminations and provides a forum for scientific investigations that address contamination.

American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

journals.lww.com/amjforensicmedicine

American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology publishes four releases yearly and discusses cases from leading forensic pathologists, lawyers, and criminologists.

Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology

tandfonline.com/toc/rjfp20/current

Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology is a devoted publication that writes about psychiatry and psychological knowledge.

Science and Justice Journal - Forensic Science Society

scienceandjusticejournal.com

Science and Justice appreciates the amount of debates that can be sparked through scientific discoveries and publishes articles with well reviewed scientific information.

Journal of Forensic Identification

theiai.org/jfi/jfi_titles.php

JFI publishes well reviewed and cross examined articles for scientific professionals seeking information pertaining to forensics.

Research

Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research

fbi.gov/services/laboratory/scientific-analysis/counterterrorism-forensic-science-research

Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research is comprised of a highly skilled team of research scientists, program managers, technical and administrative support staff.

Center for Forensic Science Research and Education

forensicscienceeducation.org/forensic-research/

The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education publishes critical reports in the field of scientific research.

Science Daily

sciencedaily.com/news/matter_energy/forensics/

Science Daily goes over cutting-edge scientific advancements and DNA-related evidence to help settle civil cases.

 

 

Support for Forensic Science Research

sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/CLAJ/Support_for_Forensic_Science_Research/index.htm

Support for Forensic Science Research was established in 1975 and was established to assist in resolving scientific controversies.

National Institute of Justice Publication

ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/248572.pdf

National Institute of Justice Publication hopes to advance scientific research, development and evaluation.

Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science

forensicresearch.org

CARFS helps academic forensic researchers and industrial partners to commercialize tools that benefit the scientific community.

Present and Past Conferences

71st Annual Scientific Meeting

aafs.org/home-page/meetings/future-past-aafs-meetings/

The AAFS keeps a running list of all meetings and conferences from now and through the next four years, including conferences in Seattle in 2022 and Denver in 2024.

European Academy of Forensic Science Conference

eafs2018.eu

EAFS 2018 was held in Lyon, France and was the 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference. 

Forensics at NIST

nist.gov/topics/forensic-science/conferences-and-events

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has a list of upcoming conferences related to the topic of forensic science along with a large list of past conferences with abstracts and presentations.

Internet Crimes Against Children

icactaskforce.org/Pages/wiconf.aspx

The ICAC holds annual conferences on a national, regional and state level that are helpful to those looking to learn the latest methods in child protection.

University of Central Oklahoma Forensic Science Curriculum Training

sites.uco.edu/forensics/z%20HS%20Teacher%20FSI%20training%20and%20Curriculum/index.asp

The Forensic Science Institute at the University of Oklahoma offers an annual training to 15 participants and includes many forensic science disciplines in the training including DNA and blood stain pattern analysis and digital forensics.

CSI and Forensic Science Program

gifted.msu.edu/programs/summer-programs/csi

Summer program for gifted middle school students to learn about CSI at Michigan State University. The program is usually held for one week in the summer.

International Conference in Forensic Research and Technology

meetingsint.com/conferences/forensicresearch

The Third International Conference on Forensic Research and Technology will be held in 2020 in a virtual format.

Annual IAI International Forensic Educational Conference

theiai.org/conference.php

The Annual IAI International Forensic Educational Conference is scheduled in a different city with a list of all conferences from now through 2024.

Science Federation

scientificfederation.com/forensic-science-2018/

The Scientific Federation has a large collection of events coming up in 2020 and 2021 and some may be of interest to forensic science professionals.

International Crime Scene Investigators Association

icsia.org/icsia-conferences/

The ICSIA holds an annual conference on Crime Scene Investigation. Keep an eye on their site for an announcement about the next event.

Certifications

IAI Forensic Certification

theiai.org/certifications/index.php

The International Association for Identification offers certifications in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Crime Scene Certifications, Footwear, Latent Print, Tenprint and much more.

American Board of Criminalistics Certification

criminalistics.com/certification.html

The American Board of Criminalistics offers certifications in the following areas: Comprehensive Criminalistics, Drug Analysis, Fire Debris Analysis, Molecular Biology, Hair and more.

International CSI Association

icsia.org/fcsi-training-certification/

The ICSIA offers the Forensic Crime Scene Investigator’s Training and Certification that law enforcement can use to set the standard for how they process a crime scene.

International Associations of Forensic Nurses

forensicnurses.org/page/Certification

The International Association of Forensic Nurses offers a SANE-A and SANE-P certification for nurses dealing with assault victims.

Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board

thefsab.org

The Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board is not a certifying body, but rather an accreditation board that can assess, recognize and monitor organizations.

American Board of Forensic Toxicology

abft.org

The American Board of Forensic Toxicology offers certification in Fellow, Diplomate and Analyst levels for Toxicology and Alcohol and/or Drug Toxicology.

The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners

afte.org/afte-certification/certification-program

The AFTE offers a certification and recertification program for all Firearm and Toolmark Examiners to set a standard and procedure for their operations.