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This chapter will discuss the basic research skills an investigative journalist needs to start his or her work. Journalists need to be aware of, and proficient in, certain tools basic to their craft: data mining and mapping, knowing how to follow a paper trail and computer-assisted reporting. It is also important that investigative journalists have basic numeracy skills because some stories require the analysis of quantitative data.