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  • Content in Pro-Quest Databases Discoverable in Google Scholar Searches
    09/10/2015 - 11:55
    The full text of ProQuest's database, which includes journal and newspaper articles and working papers, is now indexed in Google Scholar. This allows Google Scholar users to view abstracts of ProQuest's materials for free in their Google Scholar results and then to access the full-text of ProQuest's materials for free, if their public library has a subscription to ProQuest. In a press release...


  • Yahoo Adopts Worst of Google's Interface Changes
    09/10/2015 - 11:34
    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-...


  • Ancestry Offers Free Access to Database of Wills and Probate Records For a Limited Time
    09/03/2015 - 12:07
    For a limited time, Ancestry.com is offering free access to a new database U.S. Wills and Probate records. The site claims its "never before available online...new and exclusive" collection contains  "more than 170 million documents from all 50 states."          (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript...


  • Fastcase 7: Better Than a Tesla
    07/09/2015 - 23:36
    by Carole Levitt President, Internet For Lawyers In July 2014, at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting, I got a sneak preview of Fastcase 7 but was sworn to secrecy. Then, in August 2014, I visited Fastcase’s headquarters in Washington, DC where CEO Ed Walters demonstrated some additional new features…still sworn to secrecy. This was its first re-design since 2003. I had...


  • Searchable Database of Military Cemeteries and Other Veterans’ Graves
    06/25/2015 - 12:04
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers the Nationwide Gravesite Locator (http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/) - a searchable database of the burial locations of “veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a...


  • Google’s News Search is in Even Worse Condition Than we First Thought | Another in an Unfortunately Growing Series of Articles about Google Search Problems
    06/16/2015 - 14:21
    We previously reported that Google has quietly increased the date coverage of its News Search, which previously had covered only the most recent 30 days. However, the change was so “quiet,” that the available Google News documentation is out of date and incorrect – and there is no reliable way to know how far back results will now go for any News search.        ...


  • State by State Directory of Official Sources for Criminal History and Criminal Records Searches
    05/21/2015 - 09:26
    One of the most frequent questions we get when presenting our live Internet Investigative Research MCLE seminars regards "comprehensive criminal background searches." Seminar attendees are almost always surprised, and disappointed, when we explain that, despite all of the ads on the Internet suggesting the contrary, there is no such thing as a national criminal records database - at least not...


  • How Many Crimes Do Your Police 'Clear'? | New Tool Allows You to Find Out
    05/19/2015 - 14:17
    Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collects data from law enforcement agengies (at all levels) regarding crimes in their jurisdictions and compiles an annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). The FBI describes the UCR this way: The FBI’s UCR Program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of more than 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal...


  • Display a Map Showing a Radius Around a Location Point or Address
    05/13/2015 - 12:18
    If you had to figure out exactly what's contained "within a x mile radius" of a specific location or address, how would you do it? We've just had an issue where we needed to create a list of major cities within a 200 mile radius of a specific address. To answer this question and create a map showing those cities, we used FreeMapTools.com's Radius Around a Point tool. It allows you to enter a...


  • Author-Speaker Carole Levitt Named One of the 'Women You Need to Know: In Law and Technology'
    04/24/2015 - 10:40
    Author/speaker Carole Levitt has been recognized by the American Bar Association’s Law Technology Today publication as one of the “Women You Need to Know: In Law and Technology.” The article serves as a resource list of “women who write and speak about legal technology” for those who might otherwise express a difficulty in finding such women. More generally, the article serves as a resource for...


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