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Volume: 8 Number: 10

Title: Virtual Chase

Source/Sponsoring Agency: Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP

URL: http://www.virtualchase.com/

Date Checked: 12/31/2002      Status: Active

Date Annotated: 1/30/2003

Topics: Motor Vehicles

Other keywords: Legal Research; Search Engines

Contents: The Virtual Chase (TVC) is a legal research gateway produced by the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrew & Ingersoll. It is ideal for law student, legal researchers, paralegals, research assistants, and indeed anyone doing extensive research on the Internet, law-related or otherwise. Among the features are news on legal research and TVC Alert, a free online newsletter. A second newsletter entitled The Tyburski Files is devoted to law office computing. The bulk of the website consists of articles on conducting Internet research, evaluating the value and credibility of information found on the web, and numerous research pathfinders. The guides do not provide direct research instruction as such, but lead to many links to relevant Internet resources, with substantial annotations. Some of the topics addressed amount to basic legal research, such as locating treaties ratified by the U.S. or working with federal regulations; others are of broader interest or pertain to public records--determining vehicle ownership from license plates, employer ID numbers, locating domain names and website ownership, company records, EDGAR filings, and people-finding tools. Some Canadian and UK sources are included. A factual research section directs the user to current awareness services, online resources for medical or legal research, resources for science, psychiatry, etc., including databases, websites, online dictionaries and many other materials. The user can submit a "how do I...?" query, and the site managers will create a pathfinder which is posted on the website. In addition to law-related and factual research guidance, there are general tips for conducting research online, navigating on the Internet, and using a browser effectively. The Virtual Chase is well worth a visit for anyone conducting current affairs research online.

Author of Annotation: A. Carson


Last Modified: 6/20/2012