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.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201242): Google Patent Search has a new feature, as of August 2012: a Find Prior Art button that lets you search Google Scholar, Patents, Web and Books for previous mentions of the technologies and terms employed by the patent. Available for U.S. patents granted from 1976-present.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201241): Your Web browser is one of the most important tools you have. Modern browsers even let you install add-ons to extend their capabilities. However, an out-of-date plugin can become a security issue. Learn how to check the status of your Firefox plugins.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201240): LLMC Digital's new interface (as of July 2012) now lets you search the underlying MARC records of its archive of older legal materials. Get tips on Boolean operators, phrases, using the wildcard, how to handle words with punctuation, and more.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201239): Google has recently introduced a scientific calculator on the results page -- no app needed. To get it, search for "scientific calculator" or a calculation such as "19/74". (In Google Chrome, you can even trigger it by searching by voice.) Bookmark the scientific calculator to make it even easier to get to.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201238): The search box in Firefox is convenient, but your search query remains in the box even after you've moved to other pages. People walking by your desk can see your search queries. If you share your desktop with others via a webinar, they'll see your search terms, too. And the search box is redundant -- you can search via Firefox's Awesome Bar -- so you can remove it by customizing your toolbar.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201237): Public.resource.org, a great source for free caselaw and other law- and government-related documents, has no search engine. Browsing the site is not easy and intuitive. You can, however, use Google to search for cases and documents in public.resource.org using Google's site: limit.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201236): If you want to open a document in one of your Google Drive subfolders but can't remember which file you want, right-click on the subfolder (or click on the down arrow) and select "Open". Each of the folder's files will display in preview mode.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201235): Back in episode 201213 we investigated the provenance of some of the attorney pictures on LegalAdvice.com using Google's "Search by Image" feature. Five months later we're revisiting the site to see if our original verdict still holds true.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201234): It's easy in Fastcase to retrieve cases that cite a case you're interested in. Simply perform a citation search for the desired case -- the citing cases will appear on the far right of the results page. If you want to find cases that cite a particular law review article, however, you'll have to use proximity searching, understand when to omit punctuation and single letters, and apply the wildcard when appropriate.