Thursday, January 25, 2007

Resources for Researching Individuals

The following are useful resources when researching individuals:

Newslibrary is a collection of newspaper archives from around the country. It contains most of the major newspapers in the United States. It is free to search, and then charges a certain amount per article. Whenever possible, I use the newspaper archives available through the library.


ZoomInfo is a biographic aggregator. It provides short biographies on individuals based on information pulled from the Internet. I find it particularly useful when trying to figure out if I am researching John A. Smith or John P. Smith. I use this as a starting place for general Internet searching.

The Business Journals

The Business Journals have archives for more than 40 cities' Business Journals. This can be particularly useful for finding profiles of prominent business people.

NOZA Search

Noza is a fee based resource which provides an individual's giving information, as culled from publicly available online annual reports.

Other Library Resources

Other Library resources I use include Who's Who (also called Biography Research Center Online), and Gale's General Businessfile ASAP, which provides archives of trade magazines. These can be particularly good for finding biographies. Often I will find articles from Oregon Business, or Washington CEO through these sources.

1 comment:

JustanotherFundraiser said...

Hi Mary, I came across your blog when I was doing some searching about LexisNexis getting rid of nozasearch from their development product. I've been reseaching for many years and I find that iwave's prospect research online is a great service that bundles some of the data products you mentioned such as zoominfo, and it also provides full access to nozasearch with some very useful features like email alerts and exporting. I know they used to offer a free trial period, worth a look.