Chapter 39. Lab X-3 Forensic Analysis of Paper

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Coverslips

  • Forceps

  • Herzberg’s stain

  • Jenk’s stain

  • Magnifier

  • Pipette

  • Slides, flat

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Camera with microscope adapter (optional)

  • Desk lamp or other incident light source

  • Microscope

  • Paper towels

  • Scissors

  • Ultraviolet light source (optional)

  • Watch or clock with second hand

  • Specimens, known and questioned paper


Herzberg’s stain and Jenk’s stain are toxic and corrosive. Wear splash goggles, gloves, and protective clothing. Read the MSDS for each chemical you ...

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