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Internet 101 Neil Reisner Florida International University
“Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places......if you look at it right. Robert Hunter
First Things First
Google is the It makes us lazy. Is it the best source? What about: Devil Telephone-Assisted Reporting Almanac-Assisted Reporting Encyclopedia-Assisted Reporting Reference Librarian-Assisted Reporting
Google is an A grand, unified source of information if… Angel You know what you’re seeking You focus your search You know it when you see it
The Web is part of your beat! Surf around Treat it like your beat Bookmark the ones that work for you Don’t search, ORGANIZE
But Remember… Most records start out on paper The “Document Frame of Mind” There’s a record out there and I’m going to find it! The intersection of government and citizens How does information flow?
Have a Strategy Know the law Know the records Know where to get the records A primer
Your new best friend… Records Retention Schedules Records Retention Schedules Records Retention Schedules Rules for records disposal Inventory of all records an agency keeps Make it your first record request
Main Entrances NICAR `Net Tour Reporter.Org: Reporters Desktop: Power Reporting:
Utility Sites WHOIS: Who owns that site? Portico: indorgs.virginia.edu/portico/ indorgs.virginia.edu/portico/ Asset locator, property records, more. FedStats: Portal to government statistics. FirstGov: Portal to federal and local governments.
More Utility Sites Census Bureau: Numbers and much more. CIA World Factbook: International info. More International info:
People Finders Argali: Phone numbers, addresses, reverse directory. Download required. Backgrounding John Doe: Where to find the paper. Where to find the paper. Freeality: Metasearch phone directories.
Public Records Search Engines Search systems: Public records search engine. Slower, more variety and choice. Pretrieve Better organized, faster, less variety and choice
When you have to search Google: Broad search, ranks sites, but still not complete. Less organized. Yahoo: search.yahoo.com search.yahoo.com Google-like interface. Invisible Web: Deeper search, hits sites others don’t.
When you have to search (cont’d) Mrsapo Search engine portal. Topix News portal Article Search If you don’t have Lexis/Nexis.
More Google Google advanced: Academic/professional works: Pictures/documents Nearby businesses
Even More Google Be notified about a story/source: What Google’s working on:
Lurking Dangers What do Yogi Berra, Niels Bohr, Samuel Goldwyn, Dan Quayle and Mark Twain have in common? According to Google results, they all are responsible for the saying, “Prediction is difficult, especially about the future.”
More Lurking Dangers /martinlutherking.org /martinlutherking.org /martinlutherking.org
Finding government audits Government Accountability Office reports: ndex.html ndex.html Federal Audit Clearinghouse Database of audits of all non-federal entities that receive federal money each year.
What the government publishes Government Printing Office ml ml ml
Everything else Quick Reference: What you used to keep on your desk – almanacs, dictionaries, thesauri, etc. Run by Matt Drudge’s father Bob.