Fingerprint Sourcebook Now Available

A new publication from the National Institute of Justice “aims to be the definitive resource on the science of fingerprint identification."

The Fingerprint Sourcebook, from the Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST) and prepared by the International Association for Identification, is available online in PDF format. It is currently being published online in stages, with 13 of the 15 chapters already available as PDF downloads.

The Fingerprint Sourcebook can be accessed here.

The complete table of contents:

  • Chapter 1: History
  • Chapter 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Adult Friction Ridge Skin
  • Chapter 3: Embryology, Physiology, and Morphology
  • Chapter 4: Recording Living and Postmortem Friction Ridge Skin Exemplars
  • Chapter 5: Systems of Friction Ridge Classification
  • Chapter 6: Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
  • Chapter 7: Latent Print Development
  • Chapter 8: The Preservation of Friction Ridge Information
  • Chapter 9: Examination Methodology
  • Chapter 10: Documentation of Friction Ridge Impressions: From the Scene to the Conclusion
  • Chapter 11: Equipment
  • Chapter 12: Quality Assurance
  • Chapter 13: Fingerprints and the Law
  • Chapter 14: Scientific Research in the Forensic Discipline of Friction Ridge Individualization
  • Chapter 15: Special Abilities and Vulnerabilities in Forensic Expertise
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