The Nexis quiz is here. There are six questions; I’ll give you ten minutes!
This is our final research session of the semester. To round out your introduction to Nexis, I’m going to show you a brief demonstration of the people-finding capabilities of the non-academic version of Nexis—available to you in the library. I’ll also seek to familiarize you with the extensive business information available on the site, as well as how to employ the search terms “nexterms” and “atleast7”.
During my last session, we discussed a few ways to locate people. Today, we’re going to cover the no-less important task of making sure the people you locate can be trusted. We will draw on three cases from the New York Times: Margaret Seltzer, Amorita Randall and Edgar Martins. After understanding what went wrong, we’ll discuss ways that you might have avoided the same mistakes.
Then we’ll briefly tour through some electronic resources that can help you verify that a person is telling you the truth:
1) Intelius.com has a reverse phone lookup and reverse email lookup function, as well as an easy-to-use tool for locating property information. (There are charges with this site).
3) Opensecrets.org is a great site that allows you to track the influence of money on politics. Use it before you write about a politician’s support of a particular policy; see what industries the candidate has relied on in the past for financial support.
4) This licensed occupation tool can help you find the proper licensing board to confirm someone’s profession.
That’s all. I’ve enjoyed working with you all, and I want to be a resource to you as you end the semester. Please feel free to reach out by email or phone with any research questions. Also please don’t be shy to draw on the expertise of Barbara Gray in the library!