New book on Internet fact finding available for legal professionals

With the World Wide Web providing some 2-3 billion content pages, it’s not always easy for lawyers to find the information they need. Needed materials can be buried deep in a site or hidden on pages cluttered with links or distracting, flashing ads. Search engines help, but can be time-consuming, hit-or-miss propositions.

“The Lawyer’s Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet, Second Edition,” written especially for legal professionals by Mark E. Rosch and Carole A. Levitt, two nationally acclaimed Internet research trainers, is a complete, hands-on guide to the best sites, secrets, and shortcuts for conducting efficient research on the Web. The Lawyer’s Guide is published by the American Bar Association Section of Law Practice Management.

The book describes the difference between legal research and fact-finding, demonstrates the distinction between the “visible” and “invisible” Web, and illustrates how to find information on each. The authors explain the nuances of search engines in order to formulate strategies for locating information, and share real-world war stories of how Internet data has benefited legal professionals.

Included with the book is a CD-ROM with all the links contained in the book, indexed so the reader can easily navigate the Web sites without typing URLs into a browser. Also provided are valuable checklists, including a source credibility checklist, a handy methodology checklist, and more.

Cost is $79.95; $69.95 for ABA Law Practice Management Section members. Readers can order the book by calling 800/285-2221. Request product code 511-0497.