|Searching for article sources becomes easy, once a writer knows where to look.|
Tips for Finding Original Source Documents Online:
- Original studies can often be found online. (Hint: If you are having trouble finding the name of the study, search for some of the facts and figures.)
- Company announcements are often made through press releases. (Hint: Check company and agency websites for the 'Press Room' or similarly named tab.)
- Government news and reports are published on their websites. (Hint: Search the sites 'News' section for recent stories. A PDF of official reports are often linked in these.)
- Sports teams have websites where official stats can be located. (Hint: Clicking on an individual player's name will often pull up their individual stats and bios.)
- People, famous or not, often have their own official Twitter accounts, Facebook pages,websites and blogs that they use to inform the public. (Hint: If you are searching for a celebrity, make sure the account has been verified. If it has not been, it could be someone else posting.)
|Yes, finding a credible resource can be as easy as querying your favorite search engine.|
Tips for Finding People to Use as Sources:
- Call the person/company/agency for comments.
- Social media can be a great resource to find people talking about current events. (Hint: Either ask via your own social platform or privately message to see if they would like to be interviewed.)
- Universities are full of people who are experts on very specific subjects. Professor listings and specialties can be found online. (Hint: Also try calling the public relations department and ask if they have someone who can speak as an expert on the subject.)
- Send mass queries out to subscribers of sites that exist to connect the media and experts. ProfNet and HARO are the two I frequently use. (Hint: Consider getting a separate email for this. You may get buried with responses.)
|Remember this thing? Interviews are not passe, I promise.|
Do you have any favorite websites or tips that you use to find sources?
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