Book Review: The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet (12th Edition)


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The Internet has revolutionized the way that we obtain information. With just the click of a button, we now have ability research just about any topic we can dream up. Of course, the trick is to be able to quickly and efficiently locate relevant data. And, that’s where the “Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet,” written by Carole Levitt, a lawyer and law librarian, and Mark E. Rosch, long time legal technology author and speaker, comes in.

I was recently provided with a review copy of this book and expected that, given my familiarity with online tools, much of what this book had to offer would be old news to me.

Well, let me tell you: I was wrong. In nearly every chapter I discovered at least a few new tricks, and by the time I had finished the book, I had learned a wide array of new and practical tips that I would have otherwise never known about.

The Content

This book offers a vast amount of information and guidance for lawyers seeking to use the Internet to conduct investigative and legal research. No matter what you’re looking for, this book will help you find it. Whether it’s background information on a person, asset location, evidence of a judgment or lien, or legal research, this book covers it all.

Chapter 1 offers an overview of the Internet and web browsers, for beginners. In Chapters 2-6, you’ll learn the ins and outs of search engines and web directories, with great emphasis on the functionality of ,and tricks for, making the most  of Google and other major search engines.

Chapter 7 is one of the most useful chapters in the book. In it you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about using the free resources on the Internet to locate people and investigate their backgrounds.

Chapters 8 and 9 cover various methods for finding experts and researching the background of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals.

The remaining nine chapters provide in depth coverage of the legal research options available online, both free and paid. Throughout this last section of the book, you’ll learn about: 1) free online research tools and the most effective ways to utilize them, 2) how to cite check cases using online tools, 3) the wide assortment of information available at little or no cost from government websites, and 4) ways to conduct online docket searches.

What I Didn’t Like About The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet (12th Edition)

I have only two complaints about this book. First, the size. This softcover book measures approximately 8 1/2″ x 11″ and is over 500 pages long, which makes it rather large and bulky. If it were smaller, which could perhaps be achieved by reducing the margin size and text size, it would be much easier to travel with (for reading material during a commute or plane ride) or carry around as a handy reference guide.

Second, although the 12th edition of this book was released just a few months ago, some of the information in the book is already outdated. Of course, when you’re writing about the Internet, where websites change daily, that’s simply the nature of the beast and is to be expected. So it’s difficult to fault the authors for something that is completely outside of their control.

Who Should Buy The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet (12th Edition)

Lawyers (and anyone else) interested in learning how effectively and efficiently locate relevant information using the Internet. Whether you’re seeking to conduct investigative research, legal research or background checks, this book offers a comprehensive description of the various online resources and tools available.


The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet (12th Edition)

Reviewed by Sam Glover on .

Summary: This book is a wonderful, thorough resource for lawyers seeking to use the Internet to conduct cost-effective (and oftentimes free) investigative and legal research.

Score: 4.5 (out of 5)


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  • shg

    “In nearly every chapter I discovered at least a few new tricks…”

    Such as?

  • Scott-I list a few of the tips in a recent Daily Record article of mine that I posted at my Sui Generis blog. But because I didn’t want much of an overlap between my Lawyerist post and the Daily Record article, I focused solely on drafting a book review for Lawyerist. If you’d like to learn some of the tips, you know where to go;)