Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Advanced Web Searching

Are there times that you wish that you had the preciseness of a Westlaw or Lexis search when you're searching the Internet? If so, check out Exalead's advanced searching or add the term "NEAR" to your Exalead search.

For example, to find information about Supreme Court Justice Alito, the words Supreme and Court should be near each other but don't necessarily have to be near the word Alito. The search would be constructed like this: Supreme NEAR Court and Alito.

Exalead offers other features useful to legal researchers:
  • Along the left hand side of the results screen information that may help refine the search appears (e.g. related terms, document type and language,
  • With one button, the results can be limited to audio, video, or RSS results
  • A thumbnail preview appears next to each result