Law.com's New Legal Search Tool
Law.com yesterday launched a new search tool, called Law.com Quest, that allows more focused searching of legal sites than would a general search site such as Google. The goal, of course, is to deliver more relevant results. Quest provides two options for searches: search only the Law.com network of sites or search a broader collection of legal Web sites and legal blogs.
I posted my initial impressions yesterday on my LawSites blog. In the interest of full disclosure, this blog is owned by Law.com and my LawSites blog is part of the Law.com blog network. That said, I found Quest to be a significant improvement over previous options for searching the Law.com network of sites, which includes all ALM national and regional publications. As I wrote yesterday:
"A nice feature is the ability to filter search results by date ranges or by the content source or type. For example, if you search within the Law.com network, you can then filter results to show only those from the National Law Journal or The American Lawyer, or you can choose to see only results that come from court decisions or blogs. If you use the broader "legal Web" search, you can filter results by selected courts and regions."
I particularly like the addition of the broader legal Web search. Law.com staff members select the Web pages and blogs to include in this search. That can be good, in that they can separate the wheat from the chaff. At the same time, it would be nice to know which sites it is searching -- and which it is not. But, as I wrote on my blog, that is a minor irritant in an overall significant enhancement to the Law.com site. The new search tool's most striking feature is its ease of use, facilitated by filtering. Law.com plans to add more sites to the broader search option. That broader search, combined with Quest's search of ALM articles, court decisions and features, should make this a popular search tool for legal professionals.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on April 13, 2007 at 03:11 PM | Permalink
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