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Factual and Investigative Research Guide: Statistics & Archives

Sleuthing, for all.

Internet Archive

Doing research? Afraid the website you're using will remove content? Maybe you notice that the website already removed content.

Use the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine to explore more than 439 billion web pages saved over time. You can also capture a web page as it appears now for use as a trusted citation in the future.

Government websites, content, and information can also be found:

Statistical Data

Statistical or empirical data can assist researchers in verifying, supporting, or discrediting facts in litigation. There are a few resources that can help you to locate this information.

Archival Research

Sometimes, old newspapers can assist in the fact-finding process. Newspapers are good for accounts of what happened on a particular day or for confirming vital statistics.

You might be able to find older newspapers on microfilm (or microfiche) at local libraries. Folks at local libraries may also be able to help you find where you might be able to find older newspapers in micro-formats.

Before sourcing micro-format resources, see if there is an online archive: