Search Engines | Web Portals | Discussions


This page includes links for both general and law-specific resources.



Internet Search Engines

Many general search engines do not search their own databases. Instead, most draw their search results from the databases of either Google or Bing.

Ask

Question & answer format remains from earlier versions, but no longer uses its own database of websites for searching.

Bing

Microsoft's long-suffering search engine created to compete with Google. Has the next largest collection of websites to search after Google.

DuckDuckGo

Allows you to search the Web anonymously. Searches Bing and other sources.

Google

'Nuff said.

YaHoo!

Searches the Bing database of websites.


Additional search engines you might want to try that are not nearly as large as Google or Bing but search their own databases:

blekko

A major objective of this search engine is to eliminate spam in search results. Includes some unique search features. More information.

Exalead

Gigablast

Yandex

Has one of the largest search engine databases in the world after Google and Bing. Provided by a European Internet company. Claims to be the leading search engine in Russia! More information.


Law-Specific Search Engines

LawCrawler (powered by Google, provided by FindLaw)

Lexis Web

Results include free documents from websites "handpicked by LexisNexis editorial staff," as well as suggested documents, based on your search, that are available on the commercial Lexis site. Includes some different ways of filtering website results compared to a standard web search engine. More information <pdf>.


Academic Search Engines

Google Scholar
Infomine
Microsoft Academic Search

Information About Search Engines

Google Inside Search Blog
Search Engine Land
Search Engine Showdown
Search Engine Watch (mainly of interest to advertisers now)
Search Engine Relationship Chart

Information About Searching the "Deep Web"

Deep Web Research & Discovery Resources 2014, article by Marcus P. Zillman on LLRX.com , Dec. 1, 2013


Web Portals

Yahoo
About.com
WWW Virtual Library

Law & Government Web Portals

FDsys - US Govt. Printing Office's portal for federal government publications
Findlaw - Consumer Version
Findlaw for Legal Professionals
Hieros Gamos
Justia
Legal Information Institute (Cornell U.)
NY.gov - NY State government's information portal
NYC.gov - NYC government's information portal
USA.gov - US goverment's information portal
Washlaw Web (Washburn U.)
Yahoo's Law Page


Discussion: Blogs, Tweets, Forums, etc.

CataList - Catalog of Listserv Lists
Google Blog Search
Tile.net - email newsletters & discussion lists
Topsy - search and analyze all Twitter tweets from 2006 - present! More information.

Law-Specific Blogs & Twitter Info

ABA Journal Blawg Directory - includes the Blawg 100 list of most popular blawgs, as voted on annually by registered users.
BlawgSearch
LegalBirds - Legal professionals on Twitter