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Tip of the Week (Episode 201252): Fastcase Search Engine Changes


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201252): In late 2012 Fastcase implemented some useful changes to its search engine on the Boolean search page including an internal wildcard and unlimited maximum results (which clears up an issue with incorrect citation counts). Booleans, proximity and nesting also now play better together.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201251): Shortening Gmail Message Threads


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201251): If you want to shorten your Gmail message thread, simply highlight the portion of the email you want to include in your response. The rest of the text of the original email will be dropped.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201250): Time Is On Your Side


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201250): This video covers limiting your searches by date in Google, Gmail, and Jenkins members-only database NewsBank.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201249): Chrome Browser and Website Permissions


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201249): Have you ever wished that you could block images, popups or even scripts on just one particular Website? Web browsers generally let you block these things globally -- for all Websites -- but not on a site-by-site basis. Google Chrome version 23, released during the first full week of November, now lets you set permissions for individual Websites by clicking on the address bar (called the Omni Box). While you're at it, you can see if your connection to the Website is encrypted or not, too.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201248): Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201248): HeinOnline has added a new library, Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf, compiled by Dick Spinelli, a legend in legal information. It has something for everyone -- practicing attorneys, legal researchers, legal historians, law school professors, and law librarians.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201247): Searching Gmail Attachments


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201247): In October 2012 Google introduced searching within the full text of files attached to Gmail messages. In this video we'll search within 2 attachments: an Adobe Acrobat PDF and a Microsoft PowerPoint.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201246): See Similar Terms in Google Using Vs


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201246): Leverage the wisdom of crowds in Google! Include vs in your query to see synonyms that other people have entered. For example, if you enter iPhone 5 vs, you'll see suggested queries such as iPhone 5 vs galaxy s3. Enter lyme disease vs and you'll see lyme disease vs rheumatoid arthritis, among other queries.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201245): More Contextual Menus


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201245): In episode 201225 we looked at some contextual menus you can trigger by right-clicking on objects in Web pages. In this video we'll consider a couple of additional ones. In Google Chrome, right-click anywhere on a results page and you'll see a "Translate to English" option. In Google Chrome or Firefox, highlight some text and right-click and you'll see a "Search Google for ..." option.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201244): Two-Step Verification


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201244): Google's two-step verification requires you to have two things in order to login: something you know (your password) and something you possess (your cellphone). When you access your Google account, Google will text you a six-digit code that you will have to enter as part of the login process. This will help keep your account safe from hijackers. Other services using two-step verification include Dropbox, Facebook, LastPass, Microsoft SkyDrive, WordPress and Yahoo Mail.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201243): Hybrid Search Engines: FindTheBest, FindTheData


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201243): Google is an all-algorithmic search engine. This works well for Web search, but failed for tools such as Google Squared. Consumer search tool FindTheBest feels that humans need to be involved in the process to pick topics and data points for their infographics comparing products such as smartphones. FindTheData, produced by the same company, creates value-added comparisons using data accessible from the Web, such as campus security statistics or diabetes and obesity rates by U.S. county.