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    • Research Fundamentals March 7, 2014
    • Who is Carlos Lukis?  Initial search comes up empty  Texas corporate records provides the key info  Simple Google/clip search search does the rest  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics /business-associate-staten-island-rep- michael-grimm-convicted-felon-carlos- luquis-article-1.945072
    • Research Fundamentals  Good research creates the foundation of a good story  Opens up new human sources  Allow for better, more informed interviews  Helps ID inaccuracies in claims made by the targets of your work
    • Rules of the Road  Don’t rely on Wikipedia.  Don’t assume “facts” reported in other publications are accurate  Get to the source documents whenever possible  Create a structure to track your research results  Always start with a clip search
    • Types of Research  Backgrounding individuals  Backgrounding organizations  Researching topics/data
    • Individuals  Questions we want to answer.  Where do they work? Work history?  Any political activity?  Any civil or criminal legal history?  Do they own in real property?  If so, any issues there?  Registered to vote?  Where have they lived?  Marital status? Children?  Any business interests?
    • Backgrounding Pols  Many elected officials/candidates must file personal financial disclosure statements  NJ:  https://www6.state.nj.us/ETH_DISC/  http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources /fds.html  DC:  http://clerk.house.gov/public_disc/financial.asp x
    • Individuals  Comprehensive Person report on Nexis  Substitute: https://pipl.com/ or http://www.intelius.com/people- search.html?searchform=name&gclid=CILg1bS 0_rwCFfNxOgodNn8AWA  Search social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)  Join Linkedin  Journalists can get free premium accounts
    • Individuals  Asbury Park Press data hub  http://www.app.com/section/DATA/DataU niverse  Civil Court Records  http://njcourts.judiciary.state.nj.us/web15z/ ACMSPA/CaptchaController  Federal Court Records (civil and criminal)  http://www.pacer.gov/
    • Individuals  NJ property sales  http://php.app.com/websr1a07/search.php  NJ corporate records  https://www.njportal.com/DOR/businessrecords /EntityDocs/BusinessStatCopies.aspx  Campaign Finance  http://www.opensecrets.org/  http://www.fec.gov/  http://www.elec.state.nj.us/publicinformation/s earchdatabase.htm
    • Individuals  NJ criminal records  https://njcourts.judiciary.state.nj.us/web15z/ ExternalPGPA/CaptchaServlet  Inmate search  NJ: https://www6.state.nj.us/DOC_Inmate/inma tesearch  Federal:  http://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/
    • Individuals  NJ professional license search  https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verificatio n/Search.aspx?facility=N
    • Organizations  Determine where the entity is headquartered, maintains offices  Search court records in relevant jurisdictions  Determine what state/federal agency has oversight of industry  Search for any required filings, inspection results, fines, etc. (OSHA)  Determine if entity maintains PAC or lobbyist  Don’t forgot to do the clip search!
    • Non-Profit Organizations  Register with Guidestar  Free access to last three 990 tax returns  Search IRS revoked list  http://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/  Economic Research Institute  http://www.eri-nonprofit- salaries.com/?FuseAction=NPO.Search
    • Public Companies  http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml  Key filings  8K = notification of major event  http://www.sec.gov/answers/form8k.htm  10K = annual report that discusses finances, management, etc.  10Q = quarterly reports  Form 4 = executives must disclose stock sales
    • Topics/data  Search both Bing and Google  Do a clip search!  Find an expert  http://www.prnewswire.com/profnet/  U.S. Census Bureau  They don’t just count people every 10 years  http://www.census.gov/#  Health  Kaiser Family Foundation (http://kff.org/)  CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/)
    • Topics/data  Work  Bureau of Labor Statistics  http://www.bls.gov/  Crime  FBI Uniform Crime Reports  http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/  Bureau of Justice Statistics  http://www.bjs.gov/
    • Topics/data  Searching academic works  Google Scholar  http://scholar.google.com/