Google For Lawyers

  • Updated: November 13, 2016 Many paid legal research products such as LexisNexis and Westlaw offer the ability to search for keywords within a certain number of words from one another (a number that you define). For example, some pay databases allow you to search w/ (WITHIN any number of words that you indicate, such as w/2), /s (in the SAME SENTENCE), and /p (in the SAME PARAGRAPH). Google does...


  • We often get questions about the security of "cloud computing" services like Google Apps and whether that security is tight enough for lawyers to use them. Google Apps, for example, meets the security standards put in place for the online storage of government agencies' information set out in the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2000 (FISMA 44 U.S.C. § 3541, et...


  • Google has added 13 additional languages to its Google Translate service. This brings the total number of languages Google Translate can translate into or out of to 103.  Google claims that with this addition will, "help bring a combined 120 million new people to the billions who can already communicate with Translate all over the world." Google also claims that with these additional...


  • For those who like to conduct a quick Google Scholar search for case law or articles, you can add a Scholar Button to the Firefox and/or Chrome browsers’ bar. This allows you to launch the Google Scholar search box right from your browser bar without typing the URL. After the Google Scholar button is installed, click the button that is now located on your browser bar (see next image). The...


  • Google News results have always been limited to the most recent thirty days of news content. Google has recently extended the coverage range of sources returned in Google News search results to include much older content. Like so many of Google's product changes, this one was made without fanfare, announcement, or documentation of any kind.  Recent Google News test searches (like the one...


  • Google has redesigned its search interface yet again - and not for the better. A little over two years ago, in an effort to unify the design of all of its products, Google added a standardized black bar across the top of all of those products. In that black bar (in easily ignored grey text) were links to some of Google’s most popular products and specialized databases. The goal was to...


  • One of the most popular "hidden" Google search feature we discuss in our live Cybersleuth Investigative Research MCLE Seminars is the ability to use the tilde (~) in a Google search to indicate that you want Google to return results for the keyterm you've entered AND any synonyms that Google automatically recognizes. Unfortunately, Google has recently done away with this feature. Google...


  • In 2011 Google introduced the Cloud Connect plug-in for Windows as an interim step for Google Apps users who wanted to store their documents in the cloud but still use the familiar tools in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Powerpoint, Excel). Since then, Google has expanded the features of its Apps products. One of those newer features is the Google Drive application for Windows and Mac OS...


  • Google recently announced that it is rolling out a redesign of its Google Images search results pages. In a blog post on Google's Webmaster Central Blog, Hongyi Li, an Associate Product Manager for Images, noted that,"Based on feedback from both users and webmasters, we redesigned Google Images to provide a better search experience. In the next few days, you’ll see image results...


  • Google has updated the function of its Advanced Search forms to recognize multiple phrases entered into the form's "Find Pages with...the exact words or phrase" box. To search for multiple phrases using the Advanced Search form you must enclose each of the phrases in its own set of quotation marks. Previously, anything entered into this box was treated as a single phrase, even if individual...


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