Monday, December 2, 2013

Tips for making more effective use of Google as a legal research tool

From the November issue of the ABA Student Lawyer Magazine:

Get to know Google

Want to improve your legal research skills? Learn how to use Google better—even if you think you already know it backward and forward.


That’s according to Sam Glover at In a post called “Internet research tips and resources for lawyers,” Glover shares some strategies from a recent solo and small firm conference he attended. For example:


You can specify what types of files you want to find. For example, if you wanted PDFs from the National Security Agency, you would type filetype:pdf in the search window.


Don’t forget to use Ctrl+F (or Cmd+F for Macs) to search within a page.


You can search based on the proximity between two words by using AROUND followed by a specific number. For example, sam AROUND(2) glover yields results for “Sam Glover,” “Glover, Sam,” and “Sam J. Glover.”


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