Research Database Search Tools – Uncovering Data and Information


Public records are stored in a variety of databases, many of which can be accessed for free, or a nominal charge.  Private investigators can use these databases to conduct background research for client cases. Following are miscellaneous research databases, crime databases, legal databases and more.

Access to Archival Databases (AAD) – AAD is a search engine that allows users to search some of NARA’s holdings of electronic records. Search by person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.

Archival Research Catalog (ARC) – ARC is the online catalog of NARA’s nationwide holdings. Use this website to perform searches using keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for digitized images.

Biographical Dictionary – This site provides access to biographical information on thousands of notable people spanning from present day to ancient times.

Disinformation – Search service for individuals looking for information on current affairs, politics, new science and the ‘hidden information’ available on the internet.

FBI Research – Research Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Records and Information. Includes a wide variety of statistical crime reports, trend information and other resources to help you understand crime on the local, regional and national level. A great resource for private detectives, police officer and criminal justice students.

Internet Crime Archives – These archives include information on serious crimes, mostly dealing with serial killers and cults.

Locks, Safes And Security Information DB – This is an online databases that provide detailed information on locks, safes and other security information. A great resource for private investigators.

Microfilm Catalog – This is a searchable database of NARA’s numbered microfilm publications. The described microfilm include those created by or purchased by NARA for researcher use. Determine which rolls of microfilm may be the most relevant for your research at NARA.

National Security Archive – Independent non-governmental research institute and library. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Pay Phone Database – A database of thousands of pay phone numbers located throughout the United States and Canada. An interesting resource for finding the source of obscure numbers.

Thomas Register Of American Manufacturers – Founded in 1996, the Terrorism Research Center, Inc. (TRC) is an independent institute dedicated to the research of terrorism, information warfare and security, critical infrastructure protection, homeland security, and other issues of low-intensity political violence and gray-area phenomena. The TRC provides realistic training and cutting edge solutions to real world problems.

Watchman Cult Index – This website provides an index to cults, occult organizations, new age groups and religious movements. Helpful for learning more about various organizations.


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