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Here you'll find the opposition researcher's greatest hits — a specially selected collection of links from our newly published 4th edition of The Opposition Research Handbook: A Guide to Political Investigations. Start your search for information here: We believe that these links will take you to some of the more useful investigative and political resources we have found on the Internet. Remember, though, that the information you find on the Internet is not always accurate; you should corroborate your findings with public records or other sources. (The Opposition Research Handbook: A Guide to Political Investigations will show you how!)



Investigative

Amazon.com Wish List Search
Area Code Reverse Lookup
Argali - White & Yellow Pages Search Software
Assessors' and Recorders' Public Records Online
BRB Public Records Blog
Can We Tape
County Courthouse Directory
Courthouse Direct
Data Center
Diploma Mill News
Dissertation Express
E-mail Tracing Tutorial
Electronic Surveillance Laws
Evaluating Information Found on the Internet
Evaluating Internet Research Sources
Evaluating the Quality of WWW Resources
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
Fotoforensics
G.A. Public Record Services
Gateway to Associations
GuideStar Nonprofit Search Page
Intellectual Property Searches
Internet Archive
Investigators Guide to Sources of Information
Investigator's Toolbox - Online Resources for Researchers
IQData Systems
KnowX.com - Public Records Searches
Las Vegas Marriage Search
Mail Drop Search
MapQuest.com!
Masterfiles
Melissa Data's Free Online Lookup's
NameBase Search Page
National Sex Offender Database
Navigating the Maze of Criminal Records Retrieval
Nonprofit Organization Lookup by Zip Code
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
Phone Validator
plagium
PObox.com - Reading E-mail Headers
Property Assessment Databases
Public Libraries Locator
Public Records Online
Public Record Retriever Network
Search Systems
ShowMyStreet
Searching the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) in One Step
Social Networking Sites Search Tutorial
Social Security Death Index Interactive Search
Social Security Master Death Index
Social Security Number Allocations
Social Security Number Validator
Tax Assessor Databases
TOR Project
Town to County Name Converter
USA/Canada phone prefix location lookup tool.
Vehicle Identification Number Information Site
Virtual Gumshoe
Who is John Doe
WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources
ZabaSearch.com
Ziggs.com
Zilliow.com
Zoominfo.com

Blog Searching

48ers
Ask.com Blogs and Feeds Search
Blogdigger
Boardreader
Bloogz
Google Blog Search
IceRocket.com - Blog and MySpace Search
Justia Blawg Search
Technorati Blog Search
Twingly

Business Information Sources

10k Wizard Home Page
CEO Express Business Portal
Corporate Reference Desk
Directory Of Corporate Archives in the United States and Canada
Directory Of Regulatory Boards
Directory Of State Corporation Offices
Edgar Full Text Search
Facts @ Your Fingertips - Corporate Research
Federal Procurement Excluded Parties List
FlightAware
FRANdata.com
International Patent Applications Search
National Futures Association's Background Affiliation Status Information Center
Internet UPC Database
Locating U.S. Corporation Records Online - Secretaries of State Directory
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority - BrokerCheck
North American Securities Administrators Association - State Securities Regulators Directory
Resident Agent Information & Links
ROMARIN (International Trademark Information Database)
SECInfo.com - Edgar Database Searches
SEC - Investment Adviser Search
Securities Class Action Clearinghouse
Thomas Register of American Manufacturers

Collaborative Resources

Box.net
DriveHQ
FireShot
GroupMe
GroupTweet
HTTrack Website Copier
Join.me
Look.fo
Olympus TP-7 Telephone Recording Device
SendThisFile.com
Sky-drive.com
YouSendIt.com
Uberconference.com

Corporations

Alaska Corporation Search
BusinessCreditUSA
California Corporation Search
Company Research Tutorial
CorporationWiki
CorpWatch.org - Hands-On Corporate Research Guide
Delaware Corporation Search
Florida Corporation Search
Manta - Corporate Credit Reports
Nevada Corporation Search
New Mexico Corporation Search
New York Corporation Search
Searching for Company Information
Skyminder Business Credit Reports
Small Business Administration Company Search
Wisconsin Public Records Law
Wyoming Corporation Search

Federal Resources

Bankruptcy Court Directory
Bureau of Prisons Inmate Information
Central Contractor Registry
Coast Guard Vessel Database
Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Center
Congressional Directory
Copyright Renewal Database
Copyright Search
Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act Reference Guide
Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
Edgar System
EPA - Enforcement and Compliance History Online
Excluded Party List System
FAA - Aircraft Registration Database
FAA - Airmen Certification Inquiry (Pilot Database)
FEC - Combined Federal/State Disclosure and Election Directory 2012
FEC - Enforcement Query System
FEC - Guide to Researching Public Records
Federal Court Links
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - Trucking Company Search
Federal Trade Commission Decisions Search
FedSpending.org - Contractor Profiles
FirstGov.com
Foreign Agent Registration Act Statements
Foundation Center - 990 Finder
Google Patent Search
GovEngine.com
GovSpot
Health and Human Services - Excluded Individuals/Entities Search
Intellectual Property Rights Search
IRS Charities & Non-Profits Web Page
IRS E-filings for Political Organizations
IRS Exempt Organizations Search
IRS Form 990-N Search
Justia Federal District Court Filings & Dockets
Lobbying Disclosure - Office of the Clerk of the House
LOUIS
Military Record Requests (SF 180)
National Archives and Records Administration
Nonprofit Public Disclosure Regulations Web Page
Office of Foreign Asset Control's Sanctions Program Listings Search
Office of Government Ethics
PACER Federal Court Search
PatentScope
Public Financial Disclosure: A Reviewer's Reference (2004)
Regulations.gov
Research Guide to the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations
SEC Companies and Filings Search
Senate Lobbyist Registrations Database
Subsidy Tracker
Tax Information for Political Organizations
United States Courts
United States Government Manual
United States Patent Search
United States Post Office Locator Search
United States Tax Court Docket Search
United States Trademark Search
Urban Institute - 990 Database
USA.gov Federal Web Site Portal
VeriSEAL

FOIA Resources

Federal Open Government Guide
FOI Advocates
Sunlight Foundation Blog
Sunshine Review
The FOIA Blog
Virginia Coalition for Open Government Blog

Foreign Corporations

192.com Director Search - United Kingdom Company Director Search
Bahamas Registrar General's Department - Contact Information
British Virgin Islands Registry of Corporate Affairs Search Request Form
Cayman Islands Registrar of Companies - Contact Information
Companies House - United Kingdom Disqualified Directors Register
Companies House - United Kingdom Corporation Search
Corporations Canada
Carol - International Corporate Search
Hong Kong Company and Director Search
Kompass International Business Directory
Knowledge Guide to International Company Registration
Offshore Alert - Offshore Corporations News and Information Service
The Royal Gazette - Newspaper of Record in Bermuda
Zefix - Swiss Company Search

Fraud

Crimes of Persuasion: Schemes, Scams, Frauds
Elder Angels
Financial Scandals - A Guide with Links to Information Sources
FraudsAndScams.com
MLM Watch
National Council Against Health Fraud
Nigeria - The 419 Coalition Website
Pyramid Scheme Alert Page
Quackwatch
Quatloos - Financial Frauds

Internet Searching

About.com
Accoona
Alexa
AllTheWeb
AltaVista - Search
Bing
Bing v. Google
CentralOps.net
CompletePlanet.com
Copernic Agent Professional
Copernic Desktop Search
Copernic Tracker
Copyscape
Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Dialog Corporation
Domain Dossier
Exalead Search Engine
FlashEarth.com
GeekTools - Whois Search
Get Your Ph.D. In Googling
Google
Google Alerts
Google Cheat Sheet
Google Groups
Google Guide
Google Hacker's Guide
Google Images
Google News
Google News Archives
Google Proximity Search
hyperdictionary.com
ixquick Meta Search
NerdyData.com
NoodleTools - Choose the Best Search for your Information Need
Political Reporters' Resource Roadmap
quintura
Qwant.com
Reporter's Desktop
SamSpade.org
Search.com
Search the Internet - Three Powerful Search Approaches from UC Berkeley Library
Surfwax.com - An Excellent New Internet Search Tool
Vivisimo Search Engine
Whois Source
World Wide Web Research Tools
Yahoo Groups
Yandex.com

Media

Bizjournals Company Search
Campaigns & Elections Magazine
CNN Transcripts
DocumentCloud
EINNews.com
Factiva
Federal News Service - Congressional Transcripts Online
FindArticles.com
Governing.com
Highbeam Research Library
HomeTown News
IRE Resource Center Story Database
LexisNexis News
NewsLibrary
News Link
News Search Portal
Newspaper Links
PI Magazine
Roll Call Online
Television News Archive
The Daily Caveat
The Hill Newspaper
Thousand Reasons
United States Newspapers
U.S. Newspaper Archives on the Web
Wikicountability

Political Research

Campaign Disclosure Requirements Chart
Campaign Finance Blog
Campaign Finance Institute
Campaign Legal Center
Campaign Financial Information Center
Center for Public Integrity
CharityNavigator.org
Congressional Personal Financial Disclosure Filings
Congressional Votes Database
Cook Political Report
Election Law Blog
FactCheck.org
Follow the Money Database
Follow the Unlimited Money
FundRace - Donor Search
GovTrack.us
How to Read the IRS Form 990 & Find Out What it Means
Influence Explorer
Interactive Tool for Citizen Policy Analysts
Lobbying Tracker
NewsMeat - Donor Search
OpenCongress
Open Government Guide
Opensecrets.org
Opensecrets.org - Lobbyist Database
Open:States
Opposition Research Training Blog
PAC Names
PAC Search
PAC Statements of Organization
Poligraft
Political Resources Page
Political Wire
Politics1
Project Vote Smart
Request for Public Inspection or Copy of Exempt or Political Organization IRS Form
ResearchRoundUp, State Bill Tracking Resources
Revolving Door Database Search
Soft Money Hard Law
SourceWatch
State Legislative Bill Tracking and Update Services
State Legislative Sourcebook
Sunlight Foundation
Talking Points Memo
The Hill

Social Network Searching

AOL Screen Name Search
Bebo
Boardreader
browsys
Classmates.com
CvGadget
Facebook
Flickr
Followerwonk
Friendster
IceRocket Twitter Search
ICQ Search
iZito
Knowem
LinkedIn
LiveJournal
MySpace
Namechk
Omgili
Orkut
PeekYou
Pipl
Ryze Business Networking
Snitch.name
SocialMention
Spy
Topsy
Tribe
twazzup.com
Twitter Search
Username Check
UVRX.com
Whos Talkin
Windows Live Spaces
Xanga.com
What's yoName
zapmeta

State Resources

Alcohol Beverage Control Boards
County Recorder and Assessor's Offices
Directory of Local Health Departments
Federation of State Medical Boards
FOIAdvocates
GovEngine.com
International Association of Assessing Officers
National Association of Counties
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
National Association of State Charity Officials
North American Securities Administrators Association
Professional and Medical License Search by State
Professional License Verifier
Secretary of State Searches
Secretary of State Tips
State and Local Government on the Net
State Charity Registration Contacts
State Election Links
State Offices Administering Franchise Disclosure Laws
State Public Record Databases
State Wiretap Laws
Tapping Officials' Secrets - State Open Record Laws
USCounties.com
VINELink
Where to Write for Vital Records
Workers' Compensation Administrators Directory

Web Monitoring and Clipping Services

ChangeDetection.com
Clip Genius
CyberAlert Internet Monitoring and Web Clipping Service
FireShot
FNS Newsclips Online
GovTrack
Page2rss.com
PDFText Online
Sky Drive
TracerLock
Watch That Page
Webclipping.com
WebSite-Watcher

Private Investigators

California:
Uretsky Investigations

Connecticut:
Diogenes,LLC

Florida:
Oracle International

Louisiana:
Bombet Cashio & Associates

New York:
Holmes Detective Bureau, Inc.
The Reilly International Group Ltd.

North Carolina:
Blackman Detective Services

Texas:
TLW Guardian Investigations

Virginia:
Investigative Research Specialists, LLC
NOVA Technical Services

Associations:
Investigations Worldwide Association