Links > Forensic Psychology
1. Reddy's Forensic Page -- If you're looking for a comprehensive directory of forensic psychology links, this is the place to start. "Reddy" is actually Reddy P. Chamakura, a forensic scientist with the Police Laboratory of the New York City Police Department. Reddy took the time to identify major areas within forensic psychology and provide links to each of them. Some of the areas you will find include DNA, arson, how to process a crime scene, associations and societies for forensic psychology, and much more. And a very nice feature is that Reddy provides a list of all the schools in the US that offer degrees in forensic psychology and ways to find jobs in the field! Definitely check out this site.
2. Forensic Science Timeline -- How can we provide a list of recommended links without a good timeline of the important events within the field? Well, we can't. That's why we've included the Forensic Science Timeline website. The site does have a few other offerings, such as an overview of the field and careers within forensic psychology, some articles, and a booklet, but the real value of this site is the timeline - it's direct, focused, and valuable.
3. Zeno's Forensic Site - This site is similar to Reddy's Forensic Page in that it is a directory or starting point to explore the field of forensic psychology online. Some very nice features of Zeno's site is that it offers email updates, listing of forensic medicine sites, and a discussion forum. And unlike "The Ultimate Forensic Psychology Database" (see below) Zeno's Forensic Site is updated regularly and contains current information about the discipline. Plus, if you want to start a forensic psychology website of your own, Zeno's will give you free webspace. Not a bad deal at all.
4. LawLibrary - The main reason this site made it onto our recommended list is that it has an online dictionary of forensic psychology terms. Yes, there are other resources including online documents from related fields such as criminology and criminal psychology, but what made the site stand out to us was the dictionary. We're not saying it's the most comprehensive forensic psychology dictionary every made, but it is a good place to go if you are learning about this field. Beware that some of the documents are somewhat dated and many are in PDF format.
5. The Crime Library -- This is an interesting site that reads like a book, not a directory of sites. What you'll find when you visit this site is good, basic information about myths and misconceptions of criminal profiling. Here's how the author, Wayne Petherick, describes the site: "It is the purpose of this paper to explore a dozen or so of the most popular myths relating to serial murder and criminal profiling, and to examine where possible what the literature says about them. This paper will set the stage for subsequent works on criminal profiling, including the developmental origins of criminal profiling, the different methods used in the profiling of criminals, and the evaluations of criminal profiling."
6. ForensicEvidence.com -- The author describes the site as: An information center in forensic science, law and public policy for lawyers, forensic scientists, educators, and public officials. Within this site you will find a series of articles on forensic psychology topics such as "Is Fingerprint Identification a Science", "Handwriting Evidence Meets Reliability Criteria", "A Mistaken DNA Identification: What Does it Mean?" and much more. The articles are interesting and will certainly spark thought and debate. It's not necessarily the place to go if you need information on all sorts of areas within forensic psychology, but it does have a lot to offer.
7. Suite 101: Real People Helping Real People -- Although we have this pretty far down on the list, we really do like this site. There are interesting, original articles about different topics within forensic psychology, some recommended links, and a nice discussion forum. To access the forums you will need to join, but if you are interested in discussing forensic psychology with professionals and others who are knowledgeable in the field, this is a good place to explore. You may also want to explore some of the other areas that offer information about related fields. This is a good way to get a more broad view of the field itself.
8. The Ultimate Forensic Psychology Database -- Okay, I realize the name of this site is a bit grandiose and I know that it is an obvious choice (since it appears as #1 in Google), but this really is an informative and comprehensive site for forensic psychology. The author, Michael Decaire, states that the mission of the site is:
I think the site comes pretty close to achieving some of these objectives, but there is one major drawback -- the majority of areas on the site have not been updated in a long time (many since 1999). So, although there is a ton of information presented, don't assume that it's all the most current information. In any case, it's definitely worth a look.
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