|Title of host publication||Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science|
|Editors||Allan Jamieson, Andre A. Moenssens|
|Place of Publication||West Sussex, UK|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
The laboratory examination of fibers in a forensic context is not a series of unrelated analytical examinations but is rather a holistic examination of fibers as part of a criminalistics approach to fiber examination. This article covers the interface from recovery of fibers at a scene, case management and selection of fibers for more detailed examination. A protocol is described and then each phase of the examination process and instrumentation considered. Emphasis is placed on the central role of microscopic examination in this process.