Moving Beyond Basic Searching on the Internet
June 14, 2006 at 9:45 AM
I see that the "Google Cheat Sheet" has been making the rounds in the blogosphere and at legal conferences again, so I thought I’d feature it for a second time on Heafey Headnotes. For those of you who aren’t aware of it, the Google Cheat Sheet provides you with lots of ways to refine your Google searches, and it also gives you information about little-known functions, such as using Google as a calculator. Why should law students take the time to learn advanced search techniques? Because these features will save you lots and lots of time by giving you much more relevant, on-point search results. Law school gives you the opportunity to conduct legal research in a fairly leisurely fashion, but the luxury of having lots of time for research projects will disappear in practice, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these features now. These advanced features aren’t exclusive to Google. Advanced search tips and features are also available on Yahoo!, FirstGov, Ask.com, IceRocket, and A9.com, just to name a few. Search Engine Showdown’s search engines features chart is also a valuable resource for determining which search engine is best for your search.