The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet

Much of the information that was once available to professional researchers from only expensive, fee-based sources is now available for free on the Internet, if you know how to find it. There’s more to conducting a comprehensive search for information on the Internet than just relying on the results returned by search engines, though. The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet will show you how to be your own cyberdetective and unearth this information FREE (or at low cost!) on the Web.

The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet includes numerous examples based on real-world research scenarios. Whether you’re just starting to use the Internet for serious research or you’re a seasoned online research veteran, this book can help you find what you’re looking for fast and free.

For the beginning searcher, the book covers many overlooked features of Web browsers, the “mechanics” of navigating the Internet, and basic research strategies and tools. For “power searchers,” The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet covers more advanced search strategies and uncovers tips and tricks for getting the most out of many of the sites.

Table of Contents

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  1. Introduction to the Internet and Web Browsers
  2. Reliability and Admissibility of Information from the Internet
  3. Who’s Behind a Domain?
  4. How to Search the Web: Search Engines and Directories
  5. Search Engines: Google
  6. Other Favorite Search Engines and Meta-Search Sites
  7. Finding Older Versions of Web Pages that Have Been Deleted or Revised
  8. Introduction to Investigative Research
  9. Using a General Search Engine or a People Meta-Search Site to Find or Investigate People
  10. How to Quickly Find Public Records and Publicly Available Information Sites
  11. Search Usenet (Discussion) Groups, Forums, Message Boards, and Blogs, to Find and Investigate People
  12. Use Your Public Library Card for Remote Access to Expensive Pay Databases for Free
  13. Court Dockets as Investigative Research Tools
  14. Liabilities: Bankruptcies, UCCs, Judgments, and Liens
  15. Locating Assets
  16. Vital Records
  17. Telephone/Address Directory Web Sites
  18. Criminal Records
  19. Finding Experts and Verifying Their Credentials
  20. Searching Social Networking Sites
  21. Locating Images of People, Concepts, Products, or Places
  22. Finding Military Personnel
  23. Verifying Occupations Licenses of Tradespeople and Professionals
  24. Locating and Backgrounding Attorneys, Judges, and Other Legal Professionals
  25. Locating Information Via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request
  26. Political Campaign Contributions
  27. Using Case Law Databases to Gather Background Information about People, Companies, Etc.
  28. Pay Investigative Research Databases

Praise for The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet

This book is an excellent investment for anyone who is serious about doing online research.
—James A. Cronin, CFE, Seattle Insurance and Legal Investigations

Those who use the Internet for investigative and legal research should have [this book] at their fingertips.
—Jim Robinson, President,

There is no one place on the Internet that provides comprehensive, intuitively organized, indexed links to sources of public records, and business, legal and topic-specific research. This book does it.
—Tamara Thompson, Private Investigator, Writer/Blogger,