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

10/22
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201242): Google Patent Search Prior Art Finder

10/16
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201241): Firefox Plugin Check

10/11
2012

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 However, an out-of-date plugin can become a security issue.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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201240): Searching LLMC Digital

10/1
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201239): Scientific Calculator in Google

09/24
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201238): Firefox and Search Privacy

09/18
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201237): Using Google to Search public.resource.org

09/11
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201236): Viewing Folder Contents in Google Drive

09/4
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201235): Revisiting LegalAdvice.com

08/28
2012

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.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201234): Searching for Cases Citing Law Review Articles in Fastcase

08/21
2012

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.