Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Google Custom Searches Make Your Research More Efficient

You can make your research more efficient by limiting your searches to sites that a helpful editor has selected for you. Here are several sites with Google Custom Searches.

Cornell Law Library's Legal Research Engine lets you perform a search within any or all of these categories:
  • legal research guides (does anyone have a good guide for researching, say, war crimes?)
  • the legal Internet -- that is, just sites selected by Cornell's law librarians (compare searches with the same searches in "full" Google)
  • academic legal blogs

Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine (from the American Library Association's Government Documents Roundtable) offers a custom Google search of IGOs (what IGOs have pages on the Egyptian constitution?)

Non-governmental Organizations Search (also from the American Library Association's Government Documents Roundtable) searches the websites of NGOs that have consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) or are listed by University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, Duke University Libraries' NGO Research Guide, and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO).

CALI offers a custom search for all law schools (e.g., search for intellectual property ll.m.)

The Gallagher Law Library website has a Google custom search that searches everything on the site plus all the posts in Gallagher Blogs. With one search, you can find legal research guides, PowerPoint presentations, and blog posts. (Try, say, "administrative law" or "john roberts.")

Gallagher Law Library search box

The Law School's website has a custom search box too:

Law School search box

Try out these custom searches -- they can really help!

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