Ch 5: Fingerprint Analysis & Collection

About This Chapter

Study basic concepts related to fingerprint analysis and collection with this convenient online forensic science chapter. These engaging lessons and self-assessments can improve your understanding of these subjects for exams, projects, homework and class assignments.

Fingerprint Analysis & Collection - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll find short and simple forensic science lessons that outline the basics of fingerprint analysis and collection. After examining the characteristics of fingerprints, our instructors break down different fingerprint types, techniques and identification methods. You can use any computer or mobile device to access the chapter, and we encourage you to try the included lesson quizzes and chapter exam to solidify your comprehension of the material. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our expert instructors online. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the typical characteristics of fingerprints
  • Evaluate latent fingerprint techniques
  • Differentiate between visible and plastic fingerprints
  • Explain the process and uses of DNA fingerprinting
  • Identify the components of the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System

5 Lessons in Chapter 5: Fingerprint Analysis & Collection
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Common Characteristics of Fingerprints

1. Common Characteristics of Fingerprints

No two people are the same and neither are their fingerprints. These patterns on our fingers may look similar at first glance, but in this lesson you'll learn why each print is different, and how to distinguish their different characteristics.

Latent Fingerprint: Analysis, Development & Techniques

2. Latent Fingerprint: Analysis, Development & Techniques

In this lesson, you'll explore the importance of fingerprints. You'll learn what a latent print is, how prints are gathered and compared, and how they are analyzed to help solve cases.

Visible & Plastic Fingerprints: Types & Differentiation

3. Visible & Plastic Fingerprints: Types & Differentiation

This lesson will help you easily understand the differences among latent, visible, and plastic fingerprints. You'll learn how they come to be and which ones are visible to the naked eye.

What is DNA Fingerprinting? - Process & Uses

4. What is DNA Fingerprinting? - Process & Uses

DNA fingerprinting is a very useful technique that has applications beyond criminal and forensic analysis. In this lesson, you'll learn what DNA fingerprinting is, how it is done, and different ways it can be used to determine identity.

Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS)

5. Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS)

In this lesson, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) will be discussed. Upon completion, the reader should have strong knowledge of why this system was created and what it does in the criminal justice field.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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