When I need to search the web, I will often start with Google. Given that the majority of search queries conducted come from a Google site, many of you probably rely on Google as well. However, a broad Google search may not be the best choice if you really need to search within a specific type of content. In these instances, it may be better to search using a specialty search engine.
There are a number of law related search engines you can use to target various types of legal websites. If you want to search the legal web generally for things such as legal commentary and news, you can try tools such as LawCrawler or LexisWeb. If you need help getting started with your research, try the Legal Research Engine from Cornell to find legal research guides on your topic. BlawgSearch will allow you to search through the content of almost 6,000 legal blogs, law school websites can be explored through a search engine from CALI, and Fee Fie Foe Firm searches law firm websites. Finally, if it is government information you are interested in, try Google Uncle Sam for content from federal, state, and local government websites.
These are just a few of the many search engines available, so next time you aren’t getting the results you need with a regular search engine, think about trying a specialty search engine.
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