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Internet 101: Your guide to more effective use of the `Net and more focused searches. (PowerPoint)*

 

Record Retention Schedules: Governments at all levels are generally required to enact rules or laws laying out what they do with records -- how long they are required to keep them, in what form and under what circumstances they can be destroyed. This "Records Retention Schedule" is itself a public record -- and a roadmap to what records are available to an enterprising journalist. This one is the State of Florida's "General Records Schedule GS1-L for Local Government Agencies." Read index and scanning the document for a window into what's available.

 

Investigator's Guide to Sources of Information: This 117-page guide was compiled in 1997 by the Office of Special Investigations of the congressional Government Accountability Office. Athough somewhat dated -- expecially the sections on electronic sources of information and the Internet -- it remains among the best of its kind, used both by government and private investigations. There's a PDF version you can download or an Web version you can view online.

 

Backgrounding: Reisner's concise guide.

 

Deep Web Tricks: From three of journalism's search goddesses, Margot Willians of the New York Times, Nora Paul of the University of Minnesota and M.J. Crowley of the Newark Star Ledger.

 

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