On its website, to assist in the education and training of journalism students, the Advanced Media Institute at UC Berkeley has a collection of tutorials including research tutorials. Journalists frequently need to research the same subject areas as legal researchers – court cases, property records and business information. Many of these practical and well-organized research tutorials were authored by Paul Grabowicz for students in his Computer Assisted Reporting class.
For Alameda County legal researchers, these tutorials are especially helpful because, as they are coming out of Berkeley, the organization and procedures of Alameda County and other East Bay government offices are highlighted.
This link – https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/ – will take you to the home page for the tutorials. The website policy does not allow for any republishing of the content of the tutorials without express written permission but feel free to explore these internet resources.
Researching Alameda County and other East Bay property records
Tutorial: Assessor’s Office https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/assessors-office/ researching who owns a piece of property by address and assessed value, this information is only available in-person, no internet site
Tutorial: Recorder’s Office https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/recorders-office/ guide to what can and cannot be found within county property ownership records, includes abbreviation list for documents listed in records
Other tutorials legal researchers might find informative
Tutorial: Bankruptcy Court Records https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/bankruptcy-court-records/
Tutorial: Business and Corporation Records https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/business-and-corporation-records/
Tutorial: Businesses Regulation Agencies https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/businesses-regulatory-and-licensing-agencies/
Tutorial: Civil Court Lawsuits https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/civil-court-lawsuits/
Tutorial: Criminal Court Records https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/criminal-court-records/
Tutorial: Public Records Act Request Resources https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/public-records-act-requests includes examples of sample letters with filing information