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Backgrounding Assignment

Write a two-three page biographical sketch of the individual assigned to you below.


You may use only official public/quasi-public records sources we’ve reviewed in class, that are available through the library or of which you are aware through your own enterprise. For example, if you are researching a pulmonologist, and you could go to the AMA site or the site of the pulmonologist professional association.


You may not use Google or any other search engine for this assignment; you may also not use Wikipedia, though you can use it as a roadmap to facts that you confirm elsewhere. You may make any phone calls to public agencies. But do not call the subject of your research.


Remember to follow all possible leads. So, if your subject has a business, find out as much as you can about that business. Likewise, try to follow any leads you find about your subject's spouse and/or children.


Footnote your to indicate precisely where you learned each fact about your subject. Footnotes should look like this: (1). At the end of the paper use the same numbers to give the source of each fact.  The footnote page does not count as part of paper’s length.


After the footnotes, indicate the sources you checked that didn't turn up anything. And, if there are paper sources you would have wanted to check but couldn’t, tell me what they are, as well.


Remember that there may not be a lot of information on a particular person. If that's the case, write up what you have, with footnotes. And, again, tell me what you checked that didn't turn anything up.


You'll find guidance in the Florida Public Records Guide and in the class web site sections titled "Know the Records" and "Know Where to Get the Records."


In the "Know the Records" section, pay special attention to the piece called "Finding Almost Anybody.


You should also read the piece called "Records are a State of Mind."




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