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Forensic Document Analysis - Chapter Summary
Forensic document analysis is easy to understand with this engaging and professionally designed chapter. Just a few of the topics covered here include handwriting analysis, ink obliterations and alternations, and more document analysis techniques. You can work at your own pace on your computer, tablet or mobile phone since the resources are available 24 hours a day. Also included after each lesson are short, multiple-choice self-assessment quizzes to help keep you on track. You should be able to do the following after you've completed this chapter:
- Outline the definition and purpose of questioned document examination (QDE)
- Discuss the method used in handwriting analysis and its purpose
- Describe ink examination, obliteration and alteration
- Explain the characteristics and detection associated with photocopiers and printers
1. Questioned Document Examination (QDE): Definition & Purpose
This lesson goes over the definition of a questioned document. You'll also learn some of the many purposes of a questioned document examination with some famous examples.
2. Handwriting Analysis: Method & Purpose
Fraud, forgery, and threats are just a few crimes that produce evidence in the form of handwriting. Like a fingerprint, a person's handwriting is unique, and with careful comparison, handwriting analysis can be very powerful in forensics.
3. Alteration, Obliteration, & Ink Examination
This lesson is going to discuss obliteration and list the different kinds of document alterations there may be. You'll also learn how ink may be examined in an obliterated section of text.
4. Printers & Photocopiers: Characteristics & Detection
Tracing a printed document back to the machine that printed it is pretty tricky to do. This lesson examines the ways you might be able to use a word processed or copied document and trace it to a specific or general kind of printer or photocopier.
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