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How to Search Like a Pro
Elizabeth Geesey Holmes
MSLIS, MA
April 15, 2015
Some sort of Intro – or just do
orally?
Search Engines v. Directories
How Do Search Engines Work?
“Breadcrumb trail of
Topics and Sub-topics
Link to website Annotation
Boolean Logic
AND NOT
OR
Other Search Operators
• SEARCH: Standard AROUND(2) care
• Standard within 2 words of care
AROUND
• SEARCH: “standard of c...
Using Advanced Search
AND
“ “
NOT
OR
Gear Icon
Narrow Results with Advanced Search
Narrow Results from Results Page
Limiting a Search to a Site or Domain
• Examples:
Limiting a Search to a Filetype
divorce
divorce AROUND(5) law
Divorce AROUND (5) law site:.edu filetype: pdf
Blekko
Limited to Blogs
Browser Tip #1: Set Your Home Page
• Internet Explorer:
• Click on Tools in Menu Bar
• Choose Internet Options
• Type web ...
Browser Tip #2: Manipulate Tabs
• Pin tabs
• Right click on a tab
• Click on Pin Tab
• Move around in your tabs
• Ctrl + T...
Browser Tip # 3: Use Shortcuts
• Zoom in and Out
• Ctrl + [plus sign] zooms in
• Ctrl + [minus sign] zooms out
• Open Link...
Managing Bookmarks
• Web browser bookmark managers
• Accessible only from one computer within a particular
browser
• Web b...
What are RSS Feeds?
• RSS = Really Simple Syndication
• Allows users to subscribe to updates from websites
• Feeds from ma...
Legal Blogs
• Sometimes called Blawgs
• Tools for
• Educating clients
• Sharing ideas with other lawyers
• Advertising you...
Legal Research
section of the
ABA Top 100
Blawgs list
Blog Searching with Search Engines
1 2
3
Podcasts
Twitter
Research success!
Contact me:
Elizabeth Geesey Holmes
Naval War College Library
401-841-4307
elizabeth.holmes@usnwc.edu
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Presentation for NBI continuing legal education seminar "Find It Free and Fast on the Internet: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web" in April 2015.

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How to Search Like a Pro

  1. 1. How to Search Like a Pro Elizabeth Geesey Holmes MSLIS, MA April 15, 2015
  2. 2. Some sort of Intro – or just do orally?
  3. 3. Search Engines v. Directories
  4. 4. How Do Search Engines Work?
  5. 5. “Breadcrumb trail of Topics and Sub-topics Link to website Annotation
  6. 6. Boolean Logic AND NOT OR
  7. 7. Other Search Operators • SEARCH: Standard AROUND(2) care • Standard within 2 words of care AROUND • SEARCH: “standard of care” • Results contain this exact phrase: standard of care “ “ • SEARCH: (Physician OR Doctor) AND Malpractice • Results contain either of the words in parenthesis and malpractice ( ) • SEARCH: Constitution* • All forms of word: constitutions, constitutional, constitution *
  8. 8. Using Advanced Search AND “ “ NOT OR Gear Icon
  9. 9. Narrow Results with Advanced Search
  10. 10. Narrow Results from Results Page
  11. 11. Limiting a Search to a Site or Domain • Examples:
  12. 12. Limiting a Search to a Filetype
  13. 13. divorce
  14. 14. divorce AROUND(5) law
  15. 15. Divorce AROUND (5) law site:.edu filetype: pdf
  16. 16. Blekko
  17. 17. Limited to Blogs
  18. 18. Browser Tip #1: Set Your Home Page • Internet Explorer: • Click on Tools in Menu Bar • Choose Internet Options • Type web address in under home page on General tab • Google Chrome: • Click on icon with 3 horizontal bars on right hand side of page • Choose Settings • Click Open a specific page or set of pages • Click on Set pages • Enter your web address or addresses
  19. 19. Browser Tip #2: Manipulate Tabs • Pin tabs • Right click on a tab • Click on Pin Tab • Move around in your tabs • Ctrl + T opens a new tab • Ctrl + W closes the current tab • Ctrl + Tab switches between tabs • Ctrl + Shift + T opens the most recently closed tab
  20. 20. Browser Tip # 3: Use Shortcuts • Zoom in and Out • Ctrl + [plus sign] zooms in • Ctrl + [minus sign] zooms out • Open Links in a new browser window or tab • Press Ctrl and click on the link • Press Shift and click on the link • Find your keyword on the page • Ctrl + F opens up a search box • Enter your word • Search will highlight your word everyone it appears
  21. 21. Managing Bookmarks • Web browser bookmark managers • Accessible only from one computer within a particular browser • Web based bookmark managers • Accessible from any computer via the Internet • Also available on mobile devices via Apps. • Many can be used to find and share favorite sites with other users • Rely on Legal Meta-sites to save useful Legal websites for you • You do not need to re-invent the wheel
  22. 22. What are RSS Feeds? • RSS = Really Simple Syndication • Allows users to subscribe to updates from websites • Feeds from many sites can be collected in one place using a Feed Reader • You will see this symbol if the site offers an RSS feed • Examples of top feed readers • Digg Reader • Feedreader Online • CommaFeed • FlowReader • Feedly
  23. 23. Legal Blogs • Sometimes called Blawgs • Tools for • Educating clients • Sharing ideas with other lawyers • Advertising yourself and your strength • More than just marketing tools • Rich sources of education information
  24. 24. Legal Research section of the ABA Top 100 Blawgs list
  25. 25. Blog Searching with Search Engines 1 2 3
  26. 26. Podcasts
  27. 27. Twitter
  28. 28. Research success! Contact me: Elizabeth Geesey Holmes Naval War College Library 401-841-4307 elizabeth.holmes@usnwc.edu

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