Argali White & Yellow. Searches multiple telephone and directories
at once. People, business, toll-free, reverse search, search for area
and zip codes.
Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce.
Vital records provides details on how to access vital records from any
Career InfoNet is an electronic
storehouse of national, state and local labor market data with employment
trends, wages, and more. It also lists millions of employers by industry,
occupation and name, as well as prevailing wages and living costs anywhere
in the country.
Death Index: Ancestry.com, a genealogical firm, makes the Social
Security Death Index available.
Find E-mail Addresses
People Search: It's
surprising how many times the essential directory is overlooked in trying
to research someone.
The Internet Guide to Power Structure Research provides some of the
better sources of biographical information that are available online.
Mahoning county. Search property records using the Mahoning County
Auditor's web site.
Search property records using the Trumbull County Auditor's web site.
Public Library: Many libraries
have a collection of Who's Who for states or regions as well
as the country. Polk's City Directory or social directory lists
an individual's occupation and home or business ownership.
Bills. Searches the history of bills, provides summaries and
status with links to the Congressional Record.
Federal level. Search the disclosure database.
State level (Ohio). Ohio Secretary of State's web site.
City/Town Infos. Find
statistics and indexes on thousands of cities, towns and villages across
the United States. Plus a growing list of articles, comments from local
residents, and historical photos.
Money magazine and CNN/Money spent months looking for Great American
Towns -- where you would want to raise your children and celebrate life's
milestones. Starting with more than 1,300 cities, we settled on 10 winners.
Congressional Biographical Directory.
Search for information on members of the US Congress from 1774 to the
present day by entering a name, position or state.
Congressional Investigations. The General Accounting Office,
the investigative arm of Congress, has new reports available on the
Internet within days of their release. GAO reports can be very useful
when backgrounding a story.
Criminal Justice Sources. A detailed
resource guide linking to a wide array of online data, statistics and
expert sources, published by the Center on Crime, Communities and Culture
and the Columbia Journalism Review.
Crime Records through Virtual Chase. List of US criminal records
from Virtual Chase.
Education Stats. The National Center for Education Statistics,
located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of
Education Sciences, is the primary federal entity for collecting and
analyzing data related to education.
Electronic Records. The Reporter's
Committee provides details on access to electronic records, with state-by-state
FindLaw. FindLaw provides
links to a wide range of material helpful to reporters, from state and
local bar associations to state laws.
First Search. No matter where you
live and work, getting information on, from or about the American government
is vital. The official search page of the US government is an excellent
place to start.
Freedom of Information Act
Federal level. The Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press
has a fill-in-the-blanks program that instantly generates a properly
constructed request under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
State level. The Student Press Law
Center has created a site that tailors public records requests for all
50 state open records laws.
Government Documents. The Government
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Federal Register, Congressional Record, the U.S. Government Manual and
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Government Statistics. The FedStat site links to 70 federal
agencies that collect and disseminate various statistics.
Labor Market Statistics: Bureau
of Labor Statistics.
Federal level. First search provides information about
each Member of the Senate and the House--listed by states and districts,
respectively--and includes additional data such as his/her committee
memberships, terms of service, administrative assistant and/or secretary,
and room and telephone numbers.
State level. The NCSL database
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fifty state legislatures, the District of Columbia and the Territories.
You can select to view specific website content materials (such as,
bills, press rooms, statutes) from all states, one state or a selected
list of states.
Bios. Search for information on members of the US Congress from
1774 to the present day by entering a name, position or state.
MIAs/POWs. This Library of Congress
database includes synopses of all of the 131,000-plus publicly available
federal documents concerning military personnel listed as missing in
action and prisoners of war from the Vietnam War.
Nations Online. A database of all
the world's countries, with links to other websites' information about
those countries, as well as the countries' own websites.
Power Structure Research. An approach to the study of power that
highlights the unequal distribution of resources upon which power is
based and the importance of formal and informal social networks as the
means by which power is concentrated and institutionalized.
Public Records: Pacific Information
Resources has put together a site that links to nearly 12,000 searchable
public record databases nationwide, broken down by state.
Database that identifies
"sundown towns" in the U.S. Based on research by
W. Loewen who wrote "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American
Racism" (The New Press: New York 2005).
Slave trade: Using as its foundation information about 27,233
voyages documented in the renowned Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
CD-ROM (Eltis et al 1999), this project contains data on more than 35,000
voyages--approximately 85 percent of the entire history of the slave
State Campaign Finances. A database
of state campaign finance records for selected states, searchable by
candidate, individual donor or one of 115 special-interest groups.
State Legislators Disclosure. The
Center for Public Integrity's 50 States Project provides actual personal
financial disclosure documents for individual state legislators.
Census Data: The Census Bureau's CenStats site is free.
It includes county and zip code business patterns, monthly building
permit data, federal spending, census tract data and more.
Company Reliability Reports. Check
the Better Business Bureau for complaints and company quality ratings
throughout the United States.
Consumer.gov. "One-stop" web site to access multiple federal
consumer information resources.
Grants.gov is a single access point for over 900 grant programs
offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies. The site allows visitors
to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities
from all included agencies.
Historical Data: The University of Virginia makes available historic
census data on each state and county from 1790 to 1970. State Data Centers
also can be reached via the Census Bureau.
Lawyers/Lobbyists: Use the Martindale-Hubbell
Law Directory to check out the lawyer's firm's clients to see who may
really be influencing political decisions.
Lobbyists: The Center for Responsive
Politics provides a searchable database of registered congressional
Nonprofit organizations. Guidestar,
Philanthropic Research, Inc. Searchable database of more than 850,000
nonprofit organizations in the U.S. Individual records typically include
contact information, mission/purpose, # of employees, year founded,
financials, and copies of the annual filing.
Property Records. The University of Virginia provides links to a
number of state, county and municipal governments that provide property
Public Citizen. Organization founded
by Ralph Nader, public-interest watchdog organization frequently critical
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). SEC is the federal government's
regulatory agency for corporations offering public sales and stocks.
It obtains regular reports from 10,000 companies that have at least
$1 million in assets and 500 recorded stockholders. Filings are available
Taxes Paid?: Information about the
amount of taxes paid on real and personal property is available at the
county tax collector's office.
HEALTH, SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENT
Air Pollution Health Risk. To see how the health risk from
industrial air pollution in your neighborhood compares to others across
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Press Health Risk Calculator
1Up Health. Has extensive information from trusted sources on over
4,000 topics including diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, surgeries,
nutrition, poisons, and special topics.
Center for Science in the Public Interest - Since 1972, the
CSPI has been a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety,
alcohol policy, and sound science.
Doctors. The American Medical Association provides data on every
licensed physician in the U.S. (690,000 doctors), including licensing,
medical school and residency training information.
Doctors License Lookup (Ohio). The state of Ohio's License Lookup
is accessible to the public and will allow limited contact, credential
and enforcement data to be viewed.
Drinking Water. The Environmental Working Group has compiled
drinking water contamination data on more than 39751 water utilities
in 42 states.
Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit environmental research
organization based in Washington, DC and a leading content provider
for public interest groups.
Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related
to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. You
can write to us at P.O. Box 77022, San Francisco, CA
Everybody In, Nobody Out. Grass roots organization working for
universal health care.
National Center for Health Statistics. A wide array of NCHS data
and statistics are available through the Centers for Disease Control.
National Health Law Program. Focus on analysis of legislative
changes affecting low-income health consumers.
Toxic Release Data. The Right-to-Know Network makes available
the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Release Inventory, which
enables reporters to pinpoint toxic emissions from specific plants by
type and quantity.