Happy 13th Birthday to Google!

Posted By on October 21, 2011

Happy 13th Birthday to Google!

Google turned 13 years old on September 27, 2011.  The World Wide Web had its 20 year anniversary this year as well.  These tools have changed the way we conduct research and communicate with people.

Researchers often struggle with getting too many hits or too few on Google.  A useful rule of thumb that many legal researchers follow is to not spend more than seven minutes on Google.  After seven minutes, it may be time to search in traditional legal subscription databases and the classic legal materials in a law library.

Remember that both Google Books and Google Scholar can complement traditional legal research tools.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

 

About The Author

Tove Klovning oversees foreign, comparative, and international law services at the law library and teaches Legal Research Methodologies I & II. She often guest lecturers on legal research methodology strategies in seminar classes and assists researchers with legal research questions relating to foreign law, comparative law, and international law, as well as questions related to the American legal system. She has written several research guides on American, international, and foreign legal issues.

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