Search Engines

  • 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...


  • Google has crippled yet another of it's search filters/features. This time it's the location feature. Changes to the search results interface now limit a searcher's option when customizing their location. It's fairly well known that Google customizes search results based on the detected location of your device (among numerous other criteria). For a number of years, Google has given searchers...


  • By virtue of a new agreement between Yahoo and Google, search results from the two rivals may start looking even more alike.   Yahoo has signed an agreement with Google under which, "Google will provide Yahoo with search advertisements ..., web algorithmic search services..., and image search services." So now, Yahoo will draw some if its web search results, image results, and attendant...


  • blockquote { display: block; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 40px; margin-right: 40px; } Recently, Internet For Lawyers principals Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch shared some of their favorite secret Google search tips and ways to access expensive research databases for free with Sam Glover over at the Lawyerist Podcast. In his introduction to the...


  • Yahoo, has made a subtle change to the way it displays its search results. The search engine has moved the placement of its links to "cached" versions of Web pages that appear in its organic search results. Access to the cached versions of pages in Yahoo search results (when available) is now hidden behind a less-than-obvious down-arrow to the right of the results' URL. Hovering over the down-...


  • Bing has made two significant changes in the way it handles and recognizes search connectors to exclude keywords/phrases or entire domains from search results. The changes also effect Yahoo, because Yahoo Search is powered by Bing.          (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src...


  • The Bing and Yahoo! search engines were both unavailable for much of the business day on January 2. The outage lasted from approximately 11:30-3:00 PT.   Reuters reported that the outages were caused "after Microsoft pushed out a bad code update and then struggled to roll it back."          (function() { var po = document.createElement('script');...


  • Jay Rossiter, Yahoo!'s Senior Vice President of its Cloud Platform Group announced that on December 31, 2014 Yahoo! will discontinue the Yahoo! Directory that birthed the company. The news was contained in a post on the company's media/press blog outlining the company's "continued product focus." The death notice was short and to the point. In the post, Rossiter said: Yahoo was started nearly...


  • Bing has launched a new search function that allows users to easily retrieve content from Twitter using either the hash symbol ("#") or the "@" sign as part of your search. While Microsoft has touted its "special relationship" with Twitter (dating back to 2009), this new development does not appear to offer significant improvements beyond the search capabilities of...


  • Bing has long hidden its Advanced Search page, making it inaccessible until after you had run a search. Until this redesign, the link to the “Advanced Search" page was displayed after running a search and left clicking into the search box which contained your search terms. At that point, a drop-down menu appeared with additional suggested search terms. On the bottom right of that list...


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