Research
Fundamentals
March 7, 2014
Who is Carlos Lukis?
 Initial search comes up empty
 Texas corporate records provides the key
info
 Simple Google/clip ...
Research Fundamentals
 Good research creates the foundation of
a good story
 Opens up new human sources
 Allow for bett...
Rules of the Road
 Don’t rely on Wikipedia.
 Don’t assume “facts” reported in other
publications are accurate
 Get to t...
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 cr...
Backgrounding Pols
 Many elected officials/candidates must file
personal financial disclosure statements
 NJ:
 https://...
Individuals
 Comprehensive Person report on Nexis
 Substitute: https://pipl.com/ or
http://www.intelius.com/people-
sear...
Individuals
 Asbury Park Press data hub
 http://www.app.com/section/DATA/DataU
niverse
 Civil Court Records
 http://nj...
Individuals
 NJ property sales
 http://php.app.com/websr1a07/search.php
 NJ corporate records
 https://www.njportal.co...
Individuals
 NJ criminal records
 https://njcourts.judiciary.state.nj.us/web15z/
ExternalPGPA/CaptchaServlet
 Inmate se...
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 jurisdic...
Non-Profit Organizations
 Register with Guidestar
 Free access to last three 990 tax returns
 Search IRS revoked list
...
Public Companies
 http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml
 Key filings
 8K = notification of major event
 http://www.sec.gov/an...
Topics/data
 Search both Bing and Google
 Do a clip search!
 Find an expert
 http://www.prnewswire.com/profnet/
 U.S....
Topics/data
 Work
 Bureau of Labor Statistics
 http://www.bls.gov/
 Crime
 FBI Uniform Crime Reports
 http://www.ucr...
Topics/data
 Searching academic works
 Google Scholar
 http://scholar.google.com/
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Research fundamentals

311 views

Published on

Published in: News & Politics
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
311
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
71
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
8
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Research fundamentals

  1. 1. Research Fundamentals March 7, 2014
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Types of Research  Backgrounding individuals  Backgrounding organizations  Researching topics/data
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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/
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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/
  12. 12. Individuals  NJ professional license search  https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verificatio n/Search.aspx?facility=N
  13. 13. 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!
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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/)
  17. 17. 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/
  18. 18. Topics/data  Searching academic works  Google Scholar  http://scholar.google.com/

×