Today’s five-star site: The Virtual Chase

In July 1995, the American Association of Law Libraries’ annual meeting was the venue for the launch of my former newsletter, legal.online, the first periodical to cover the Internet for lawyers. One of the very first people to come by my booth and subscribe was Genie Tyburski, a law librarian at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, Philadelphia. A year later, Tyburski unveiled her own site, The Virtual Chase, and quickly made it a top destination for legal researchers. Sponsored by Ballard Spahr, Tyburski continues to add features that make this a truly useful site. A top feature is Tyburski’s annotated guide to legal resources on the Web, distinguished in part by Tyburski’s addition of dates to her annotations, so users know how recently they were written. Another feature is TVC Alert, a weekly bulletin of research news, available on the Web site and by e-mail. Her skills as a librarian show in her many articles about research strategies, found under headings such as “How to Research” and “Information Quality,” and tools such as her guide to researching businesses on the Web. A section for Internet trainers includes tutorials on Internet research. The Virtual Chase is a practical, interesting and well designed site for legal professionals.