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Searching the Catalogue

The catalogue is your primary tool for finding books in the J.N. Desmarais Library. You can also use the catalogue to find other materials, including government publications and journals (the journals themselves--not individual articles).

You can search the catalogue by:

  • Keyword
  • Title
  • Author
  • Subject
  • Journal Title

When you know the book you are searching for, pick Title or Author; when you are searching for a topic, start with Keyword unless you know the exact Subject heading describing your topic.

More on searching the Catalogue is available in Module 5 of the Research Skills Tutorial in D2L.

Additional Print Resources

  • Forensic Science: An Illustrated Dictionary (2nd Floor: Ref. HV 8073 B677 2004)
  • Color Atlas and Manual of Microscopy for Criminalists, Chemists, and Conservators (3rd Floor: QH 205.2 P486 2004)

Shelf Searching

Laurentian uses LC Classification. Some patrons may wish to browse for books in the stacks; Forensic Science is generally classified under HV - Social pathology, public welfare, and criminology.

Some related HV subclassifications are:

  • HV6001-7220.5 Criminology
  • HV6035-6197 Criminal anthropology
  • HV6055-6079 Criminals--identification
  • HV6071 Legal photography (criminology)
  • HV6074 Fingerprints
  • HV6675-6685 Forgery
  • HV7936 Evidence preservation
  • HV8073-8079 Criminal investigation
  • HV8073 Chemistry, forensic (general)
  • HV8073-8077.35 Identification (criminal investigation)
  • HV8075 Typewriting--identification
  • HV8077.5 Footprints--identification
  • HV8074-8076 Writing--identification
  • HV8077 Firearms--identification.  Forensic ballistics
  • HV8079 Arson investigation.  Computer crimes--investigation

Further related classifications are GN which includes Forensic Anthropology and RA which includes Forensic Medicine.

 

WorldCat

With nearly 200 million records representing titles held by nearly 75,000 libraries you will find almost any book ever published in the English language in WorldCat.
Search Tips:  Once you log-in, click on the Help Button: Help button
After your search, when you see a title that interests you, click on it and within the record you will see an image for "Get it @ Laurentian" :
   Get it @ Laurentian
When you click on that, you will be led to a menu which allows you to check for availability in Laurentian’s catalogue or order the item through ILL - Interlibrary Loan.
Note: While a free version of WorldCat is available online, we recommend that you use the university's subscription version of WorldCat because it offers the "Get it @ Laurentian" feature and more powerful search functionality.