It goes almost without saying that just about anything you want to know is just a quick web search away these days. Things get a little trickier if you’re looking for more information on a specific address or phone number though. Google, Bing, and the rest of the search engines may yield some information, but it’s rarely as detailed as you’d like. Dedicated online directories, on the other hand, can be information goldmines. The following are just a few things you can use them to do.

1. Verify Personal Details

If you’ve been given contact information or an address for a specific person, but aren’t sure how accurate it is, an online directory can help you verify what you were told. Although available information will sometimes vary from search to search, you can often uncover a wealth of additional information to help you find out what you want to know as well.

2. Find Phone Information

Sometimes you know where you’d like to call, but don’t have the number. All you need to do is visit your favorite online directory and perform a quick phone lookup by address to find exactly what you’re looking for. You never have to worry about the number being out of date either, as digital directories are constantly updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.

3. Research a Property

Buying a home is a huge decision, so thorough research is an absolute must before you sign on the dotted line. However, there’s only so much information you’re going to be able to get from a standard real estate listing. An online directory can tell you just about anything you’d like to know about a property you’re considering, up to and including how much it’s worth, who lives there, and what its sales history is like. You can even research the surrounding neighborhood to see if there are any safety issues you should be aware of.

4. Locate Old Friends

Social media has made it easier than ever to catch up with special people from the past. Despite how it may sometimes seem though, not everyone is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (or is as easy to find on those sites as you’d otherwise hope). An online directory is often a much more efficient way of retrieving current contact information for just about any person you’d like to find.

Finding the information you need about exactly the people or places you’re interested in has never been simpler or easier. What (or whom) will you look up first?