Friday, 27 August 2010
DRAGNET federated search of free legal databases
The Mendik Law Library at New York Law School has recently developed DRAGNET, a search tool that allows the user to run a Google search simultaneously in more than 80 legal web sites and databases. DRAGNET stands for "Database retrieval access using Google’s new electronic technology". A list of the active sites is included on the page, with hyperlinks. DRAGNET was developed by librarians at the Mendik Library using Google’s free custom search option. The sites were chosen by Library staff for their reliability and utility to legal researchers; they include sites related to international law, tax law and cyber law, as well as a significant number of state and local government sites. Search results are limited to the top 100 hits, so users are encouraged to be very specific.