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Non-Legal Research: News & Corporate and Personal Information : Individuals

A guide to help with non-legal research that covers news as well as information on companies and individuals


News and magazine stories about an individual are the best sources of information to learn about an individual.  See the News tab for additional tips on searching for news stories.

For tips on locating information about lawyers and judges see the Lawyers tab.


LinkedIn is the self-described largest professional network on the internet and is a great resource for getting background information on an individual.  It can also be useful to see the contacts that you and another individual have in common.

People Finders

Infospace: Use Infospace to locate businesses, individuals, maps and directions and information on city activities

Spokeo: Locate individuals by name, email, phone or username

Library of Congress U.S. Reverse Telephone Directories: Reverse telephone directories (often called street address or criss-cross directories) are usually published annually for major metropolitan areas. Listings are based on telephone directories and are arranged both by address and telephone number. There is no listing by name.

Reverse Phone Lookup a phone number and find a name and street address from a reverse phone lookup to see who lives there. Online white pages and yellow pages; use to locate a person or business within your area.

Biographical Databases

Directories via Lexis provides Business Leader Directories, Expert Witness Directories, Government Official Directories, Judge Directories, Newsworthy Person Directories, and Scientist Directories.

Biography in Context (available online via Chicago Public Library)

Expert Witnesses

West’s Expert Witness Curricula Vitae/Resumes (available via Westlaw)
JurisPro Expert Witness Directory (available via Lexis)
See also Expert Witness Materials (available via Lexis)