National Forensics Library launched
The Forensic Linguistics Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a free-of-charge facility for linguists, psychologists and others interested in researching forensic texts, the National Forensics Library.
We have placed over 700 forensic texts and documents online at http://www.thetext.co.uk
Look for the red and black NFL logo on the bottom right of the main page.
You will find:
Over 100 police statements, 140 death row statements, over 50 other police related documents, 300 suicide notes, etc.
In addition, you will find case texts from the following cases: R v Couchman, John McX, James Earl Reed, R v John Reginald Christie and R v Hodgson.
Please note that many documents have been anonymised or otherwise redacted. No operational, security or confidential material is being made public. The police statements in the library are mostly about less serious offences, such as traffic offences, domestic disturbances, arguments between neighbours, etc.
This is intended to be a major research resource for anyone with an interest in forensic linguistics. Please feel free to use this service and notify your students and colleagues of its availability. It is absolutely free of charge and no registration is required. No personal details are retained by the website. Nobody will receive emails from us as a result of visiting or downloading. Material from sensitive cases involving any vulnerable victims has not been, and will not be, released.
Despite the name ‘National Forensics Library’, texts are from a number of countries, including the UK, the USA and Australia.
Although some documents were found on the internet, about 80% of the documents in the library have never been seen by researchers before.
The NFL is therefore a very rich repository of material for students and academics, as well as for other professionals working in the law.
Please reference the FLI and the NFL in your work. To facilitate access for your students your institution may wish to link to our main page.
In the near to medium future we will be making a searchable version of our mobile phone text corpus available, also free of charge.
We are in the process of cataloguing our archive, which is a lengthy task. The current availability extends to somewhere between 10 and 20% of the texts which we hold. In the long term, therefore, we anticipate, that several thousand texts may become available to researchers and students.
Note that many of the files are in image form. Users of the service can help the forensic linguistics community by making transcriptions available. Please notify us of any such availability.
In the event that any individuals have been inadvertently identified in the texts, please inform the undersigned.
Dr John Olsson