Reviews and Blog Posts: forensics

Lives in ruins : archaeologists and the seductive lure of human rubble

by Marilyn Johnson

Think all archaeologists are like Indiana Jones, traveling the world, making discoveries, and fighting off the bad guys? Well...they are, but not in the ways you might think. Johnson delves into the real lives of real archaeologists in this wide-ranging and insightful book.

Working stiff : two years, 262 bodies, and the making of a medical examiner

by Judy Melinek

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If you are fascinated with TV shows like Bones or books by Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, try out this memoir about the real-life day to day work of a big city medical examiner. Dr. Melinek had intended to become a surgeon, but found the intensity of the training (100+...

At Risk

by Patrickia Cornwall

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State investigator Win “Geronimo” Garano has a feeling he’s being taken for a ride by the powerhouse DA, Monique Lamont. He’s been sent to Kentucky to study advanced forensics, until he is abruptly called back to Boston to take on a cold case. Lamont has every intention of riding this...

There's no debate...the Library has great resources

"Debate and Oratory," 1909 University of Washington yearbook, public domain

French essayist Joseph Joubert said, “It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it.” He understood that debate, forensics, and persuasive writing foster critical thinking skills, analytical self-reflection, intellectual curiosity, and a respect of difference.

Increasingly, students are being asked to justify, synthesize, and analyze complex issues into persuasive written and oral arguments. Assignments like these tie into the recently adopted Common Core Standards which “reflect... the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”

The library has both online and print resources to help students assemble research content, understand the mechanics of debate and persuasive writing, and polish a presentation.


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