Monday, February 7, 2011

Science: Three New Research Guides From The Library of Congress

February 8, 2011 01:33

1. New LC Science Tracer Bullet: Forensic Sciences

Forensic science is the use of science to solve criminal cases. It can include the use of many disciplines, such as anthropology, biology, botany, chemistry, computer science, engineering, entomology, genetics, medicine, and toxicology.

This guide highlights the diversity of the scientific professions and disciplines used in investigations and provides sources on the general practice of criminalistics. Also included is information on ballistics, firearm examination, and scientific examination of documents.

2. New Science Reference Guide: Diets and Diets: A History of Weight Loss in America

This guide lists a selection of material on dieting and food habits in the United States starting with William Banting's "Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public" from 1864 and carry up to the press.

3. New Science Reference Guide: United States War Department/Department of the Army Technical Manual (TM) Collection

This inventory focuses on those War Department and Department of the Army Technical Manuals that were primarily received into the general collections of the Library of Congress from the 1940s to the 1970s. (After the mid-70's the Library no longer received this material.) A little over 300 titles were fully cataloged; individual volumes were received as serials with the TM number issued as the volume number, under the single Library of Congress classification "U408.3.A13."

The Library of Congress does not have a complete set of these publications, but its holdings are extensive and significant. This inventory attempts to reveal the depth and breadth of the collection available to the researcher.

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