Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Google's "More Search Options" Goes Live

Google's latest innovation to its fabled search engine, "More Search Options" is now live, after having been launched at its 2nd "Searchology" conference on Tuesday, May 12. The YouTube demo video below explains how "search options" work to narrow the searches to return more relevant and accurate results:

The Official Google Blog also posted a detailed press release explaining how "More Search Options" work.

Here's how it works: When you enter a search term, Google's search engine results now has a new option entitled "Show Options" in the top left corner, next to "Web." Click that link and you'll be able to sort your data by:
  1. All Results, Videos, Forums, Reviews
  2. Any Time, Past 24 Hours, Past Week, Past Year
  3. Standard Results, Images from Page, More Text
  4. Standard View, Related Searches, Wonder Wheel, Timeline
For further reading:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wolfram|Alpha launches its blog

If you have been following the news lately, you might have read about a new search engine on the blog, Wolfram|Alpha, which seeks to dethrone the current crown, Google Search. Currently, Wolfram|Alpha is going through its final rounds of testing before being launched later this month.

If you aren't one of the lucky ones who have early access to testing the search engine, you can still keep track of its pre-launch developments on its blog: Wolfram|Alpha Blog.

Link: Wolfram|Alpha Blog

Monday, May 11, 2009

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Link: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an open-access fulltext refereed encyclopedia of philosophy that is maintained and constantly updated by a panel of experts in the field, which upon completion, would be a worthy competitor to the non-free (closed-access) Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Currently, this project is a work-in-progress. The Table of Contents lists both completed articles, which are fully accessible, as well as projected articles. You can read more about this unique open source project here.

See also my various blog posts about other open access databases.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Power Searching with Google, II: Using Google Scholar & Google Book Search

Everyone is familiar with the ubiquitous Google engine ( But not as many are aware about doing power searching using Google Scholar and Google Book Search.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.

Google Scholar

Google Book Search enables you to search for contents in books and view portions that are relevant to your research.

Google Book Search


Friday, May 8, 2009

Law Schools That Are Using Twitter

Social Media Law Student has recently posted a listing of law schools that are using Twitter as a social media communication tool. This is a good way to find out which law schools are using Twitter and to follow those law school(s) that you are interested in.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Power Searching with Google, I

Ever wanted to harness the power of Google search to return relevant information instead of hits and misses? Most people merely type in the search terms in the Google Search Engine Box without realizing that underneath the simple interface is an extremely powerful and precise search engine that is waiting to be used. Google helpfully provides instructions and tips on how to maximize your search. Unfortunately, they are not readily apparently unless you're willing to do some sleuthing. You should bookmark the following two pages that coach you how to google like a pro:
  • Advanced Google Search: This page gives you instructions on how to: (1) carry out phrase searches, (2) searching within a specific website, (3) exclude specific term(s) and (4) using the "OR" operator. I find that the "search within a specific website" is especially useful since you can use it to limit searches (e.g., web pages, images, etc.) from a specific website, thereby increasing the relevancy of your search.

  • Google Search Extra: Did you know that the Google Search Engine allows you to search all kinds of data that you can ever think of? For example, you can search for weather, stock quotes, time, sports scores, maps or patents. You can even use the Google Search Box: (1) as a calculator, (2) to track your packages, (3) to do unit conversions, (4) as a dictionary, etc.

MetaJuris: Searching Free/Open Access Legal Databases


The University of Kansas Law School has unveiled a new search engine: MetaJuris is a search engine that enables you to search free or open access legal databases.

Link: MetaJuris

See also my various blog posts about other open access databases