Google discontinues government site search engine UncleSam

Posted By on August 24, 2011

Did you know that Google has discontinued it’s specialized search engine for government site – google.com/unclesam?

One of the biggest challenges for legal researchers is getting either too many irrelevant hits or too few hits. Google.com/unclesam was a search engine that was created to limit your search query in Google to US federal, state and local government web sites only. Unfortunately this search engine is no longer available.

You however still can minimize irrelevant hits in Google. One way to limit your hits is by utilizing Google’s custom search option at http://www.google.com/cse/manage/create.

A second search strategy is to use Google’s ‘Advance Search’ and then limit domain.  In the upper right hand corner there is an icon that looks like a sprocket.  Click on the icon and then ‘Advanced Search.’  Enter .gov in the search box labeled ‘Search within a site or domain’ and your search terms.  Your search will be limited to government websites.

Good luck with your research quest! Feel free to stop by the reference desk should you need any assistance.

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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