Monday, October 12, 2009

Can a Book help me Perform a Court Record Search?

If you are undertaking a court record search, you are most likely starting your search online. There is a wealth of information hidden in online archives today. The real trick is determining how to go about uncovering these online archives. From knowing where to start your search, and how you can gain access, it can be overwhelming. In fact, you just might need to start your online court record search with a good old paper book.

Books can be a useful tool to understanding how the court system in America works. When trying to find online court records, you will need to have some basic understanding of America’s court system, as the courts are responsible for harboring all of the court records.

Books can also help you get started on where to find the information you are looking for. Alan M. Schlein’s book “Find it Online, Fourth Edition; The Complete Guide to Online Research” is a great resource for how to find information online. It is not limited to the court system and court records, but rather a broad based book about how to find what you are looking for online.

The passage of PACER, Public Access to Court Electronic Records, now makes court records accessible to the average American. But you still have to know where to start your search and how to go about it.

Since many court records are held in the county of the state where the proceedings took place, information you can find out about an individual county is invaluable. There just aren’t that many books, however, on counties available.

Thus, reading books that relate to searching methods and techniques will prove to be a greater help to you prior to performing an online court record search. Books about online searching, private investigation methods, and court record storage can all provide helpful information you can use when performing a search.

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