For example, a recent radio broadcast mentioned a memorandum of agreement between the City of Edmonton and Harbin, China to help design a waste managment system. This document does not appear on the City’s website. To get a copy, I need to find a source. Some choices follow that you can apply to your research scenario:
- Find the contact information for the radio newsroom and phone to ask for the background document, or their contact
- Find print news sources and call the author for a copy of the document, or their contact for it
- Call the originators office, or communications branch (there is usually a contact phone number on a news release
- Use a public body’s website to try and identify the most likely branch that will have the information you are seeking and call a general phone number
All of these tips sound a little like my previous Phone a Friend tip, but in this case you have to start by finding and making a friend.