Online news can be a valuable source of intelligence about people, companies, trends, and more, but it’s a challenge - even for the most experienced searcher - to find accurate, timely stories. Between too many or not enough results and the overabundance of fake news and opinion, it can take a lot of time, money, and patience to separate fact from fiction.

In this course, we’ll cover tips and strategies from an expert researcher and investigator for finding and using the news for background investigations, due diligence, locating assets, or making smarter decisions. You’ll learn how to select the best sources and evaluate articles for misinformation and fake news, and Marcy will take you through her 3-step process for finding what you need quickly and efficiently.

Course Key Concepts: News searching, Online news searching, Investigative Research, Online research, Gathering intelligence, Research skills, Internet searching, Web searching, Due diligence, Background investigations.


Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the importance of news articles for gathering intelligence or conducting research.
  • Explore the issues and challenges of online news searching.
  • Identify the types of sources for online news and steps for evaluating what you find.
  • Discover a 3-step process for effective searching, retrieval, and use of online news articles.
Last updated/reviewed: March 10, 2024
3 Reviews (19 ratings)


Anonymous Author
In conducting due diligence knowing how to research online and what to look for is key. There is a general search yes but knowing exactly how to go about looking it helpful to ensure a proper due diligence.

Member's Profile
Marcy is an excellent teacher. She explained concepts in a clear and understandable manner which made learning easy.

Anonymous Author
Excellent course and professionally presented with practical insights.

Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to How to Search Online News for Due Diligence and Background Investigations1:58
  Why News?9:52
  Issues and Challenges7:00
  How to Become a Skeptic4:47
  3 Steps for Better Results: Step 1 - Prepare12:28
  Step 2 - Search17:00
  Step 3 - Action3:46
  How to Search Online News for Due Diligence and Background Investigations58:19
  Slides: How to Search Online News for Due Diligence and Background InvestigationsPDF
  How to Search Online News for Due Diligence and Background Investigations Glossary/ IndexPDF
  News-Supplemental-Resources & ChecklistPDF