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People Research: Strategies for Researching a Person

Finding credible sources and fact checking techniques. Going beyond Google. If you are researching business contacts, please use the "Company Profiles & Directories" section of the Company Research Guide.

People, what it helps to know!

Here are some questions to ask/answer as you begin to brainstorm how to research a person:

  • What is the complete name or any variant names of your subject?
  • What is their birth date? Age? Death date (if appropriate)?
  • Where are they from? Country/State/City/Address?
  • What is their occupation or career history? What are they known for?
  • What groups are they affiliated with? Trade associations, political parties, companies, universities, news channels, etc.

Finding answers to the above questions will help determine where you go looking for more information and help you validate the information you find.

Recommended first step resources.