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Okay, shifting gears here. I need ideas for 6 month research project in tool marks area.  I was going to focus on firearms, however as much as I love the area of firearms and after much researching this morning, I have found that there is plenty of research on firearms and not nearly enough in the area of tool marks.
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I currently attend Nebraska Wesleyan University and will receive a masters degree in Forensic Science in December of 2006.  I want to focus my 6 month research project that I will be working on from July until December in the area of tool mark identification.

I would like to request any suggestions for the following in regards to my project:

1) Tools - specifically, unique tools that might be used as devices to pry, break-into, damage, etc. I already have basic tools to use like hammers, screwdrivers, and crowbars so I am looking for tools that burglars (or any other criminal!) might use to perform their action.

2) Materials to use the tools on - specifically, materials that might hold the impression, such as wood (from a door or window frame), metal (from a safe, inside of door/window frame or vehicle), plastic (from outsides of some safes, locker), etc.

Thank you in advance, and you are also more than welcome to email me your ideas directly at

« Last Edit: June 30, 2006, 01:27:02 PM by ForensicsCSI »

Offline Jay Stuart

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Take a look at the Research Forum.  Kim Haag posted a document from Eric Collins on research ideas concerning Tool Marks.  Here's the link:

Hope this helps
Jay Stuart
Metro Crime Lab - Albuquerque, NM


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