How to Dig Through and Uncover Public Records [VIDEO]

May 10, 2012

In a webinar with stations, Barbara Van Woerkom, NPR Research Librarian, showed the steps she takes when digging for information online.

Below are the following:

  • The video of Barbara's webinar.
  • A list of recommended tools.
  • The slides from her webinar.






Video: Backgrounding Individuals - research tips and links


Digital tools Barbara Van Woerkom uses

Personal info:  Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Pipl, WhitePages

Public records/court records database: TLO

Search Engines: DuckDuckGo, Google Advanced

Newspaper/magazine articles: Advanced Google news, Patch

Courts: PACER, Google Scholar, Sex offender national registry, Courtreference, Justia

Gateways to Public Records: BRB Publications, public records, public records search,

Professional Licenses: State Occupational Licensing Boards, Portico

Business/Corporation resources: BRB Publications, SEC, Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, Stanford, OSHA, WARN Act

Miscellaneous records sites: US Social Security Death Index

FOIA help, if needed: RCFP FOIA Letter Generator, The Student Press Law Center

Fun: Copyscape Plagiarism checker

Slides: Backgrounding Individuals - research tips and links

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