For those beginning in forensics or merely interesting in some insights to ‘scientific’ literature, this should be where you start. I would suggest you actually write these rules down as a handy reference.
Some value points:
- Determine the differences between proofs versus ‘feelings.’
- How to read a professional journal which deals with ‘new’ science or validation of findings from previous researchers. Unfortunately this is rather rare in the scientific lexicon other than in medicine. Forensic DNA excels because of this replication step.
- Learn how to ‘look things up’ to decifer unfamiliar language or methods. (Do NOT use Wkipedia). This generally takes some digging, but that’s how information becomes knowledge. Its worth the effort and gets easier with experience.