Fire and forensics

Fire and forensics

This guide will help you find and use key resources for fire safety, forensic investigation and related subjects.

Finding books

To find books and ebooks use Discover. Watch a short video to help improve your search.

Where are my books in the Library?

You can find books on fire safety at 363, design at 628 and fire safety in buildings at 693. You can find Forensics books on level 3 at 363.25. For help ask a member of staff on the floor or watch Find a Book in the Library.

Many of our books are online, watch Find and Use ebooks to learn more.

You may find the Knovel ebooks useful – click Browse on the left hand menu and look for Safety and Industrial Hygiene then you will see the sub-heading Fire Safety and Firefighting.

The FORENSICnetBASE ebook collection includes books on arson and fire investigation, computer crime investigation, criminal justice and law, forensic pathology, forensics, law enforcement and security management.

Finding journals

Use Discover to search for journal articles on a particular topic or see the library's holdings of a specific journal title. Watch a short video Find a Journal by Title or Browse Journals by Subject.

Key journals

Your lecturer may recommend specific journals but you can browse journals like the Fire Safety Journal or Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology by searching for them in Discover.

Finding and using databases

Databases enable you to do a more strategic search than you can on Discover. They help you find information quickly and efficiently by allowing you to search using a combination of search terms, to filter and narrow your results (by date or subject area for example) and save your searches for later.

Fire
  • British Standards Online (BSOL): full text of over 60,000 British, adopted European and International standards includes the complete set of all Eurocodes in full text.
  • Construction Information Service: industry and technical information, current regulations and related news and briefings. Search for Fire as a subject.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Information Service (OHSIS): Industry and government information from key health, safety and environmental management publishing organisations covering legislation, guidance, standards and best practices.
Forensics
  • The FORENSICnetBASE: ebook collection includes books on arson and fire investigation, computer crime investigation, criminal justice and law, forensic pathology, forensics, law enforcement and security management.
  • Science Direct: books and journals in full text, great coverage for chemistry and forensic science related subjects. Includes the full text of Science and Justice - the journal of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
Multidisciplinary

These databases cover a wide range of subject areas and are a good starting point if you're not sure where to search for information.

There is some overlap between the databases but every database also has unique content. Some databases provide help guides - these are available within the Discover record for that database. If you need further support, contact your librarian.

Websites

Websites can offer a range of information, for example policy documents and statistics, which may be difficult to find elsewhere.

There are lots of useful website freely available, including government and public bodies like Scottish Government and the Health and Safety regulator, professional bodies like Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences or charities like ROSPA.

With such a wide variety available you need to ensure that the sites you are using are trustworthy. We provide guidance on evaluating websites.