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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 106: Forensic Science course
- Introduction to Forensic Science
- Physical Evidence & Crime Scene Reconstruction
- Conducting Death Investigations
- Trace Evidence in Hair & Fibers
- Types & Uses of Microscopes
- Firearms, Tool Marks & Impression Evidence
- Drugs & Substances in Forensic Science
- Forensic Toxicology
- Forensic Serology
- Basics of DNA in Forensic Science
- Fire & Explosion Investigations
- Computer & Mobile Device Forensics
- Forensic Document Analysis