(Received 2 March 1979; accepted 21 June 1979)
Published Online: January
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In any professional field, observations of the current literature usually give an indication of the direction the field is taking. This approach has been formalized in the technique of content analysis. A content analysis of the literature in the field of document examination was made. The Journal of Forensic Sciences was chosen as the sample for this study since articles on document examination have been printed in every volume since the Journal was first published in 1956. The articles were studied and 30 categories were selected to represent the topics contained in the body of the literature. Topic selection was based on this writer's interpretation of the author's intent or emphasis in each article. An analysis of the results is included.
Examiner of questioned documents, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Calif.
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