Investigative Reporting 2.0

When you’re digging for background information on a topic, try using Google Books. You might be surprised at what you can find.

A treasure trove of public documents are included in the Google Books database. (Here’s an example.) It’s great because you can search for specific keywords, browse through pages and pages of historical records, and download ‘em as PDF documents.

Emily Sweeney is a staff reporter at The Boston Globe. You can follow her on Twitter (@emilysweeney) and find her on Facebook and LinkedIn, among other places.
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    Google books is also a great way, in general, for research. Online students or traditional students use this resource extensively for their own projects. Never would have thought about using it for this purpose. Thanks!


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