The web is a handy investigative tool, allowing a researcher to obtain some kinds of information previously requiring the services of a private detective. One can find a subject's email address, home address, telephone number, criminal records, property records, vital statistics information, and more. Much of the information is free, but considerably more is available for a fee. Most of the sites providing free information heavily promote paid services that provide more extensive information. The vast number of sites providing access to information about persons, property and things makes it impossible to provide an inclusive list; therefore, this chapter strives only to provide a sampling of representative sites.
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