Friday, October 13, 2006

My Favorite Connectors

As you know, I am a fan of Google. (In fact, imho, if they can pay over a billion for YouTube, they could send some cans of tuna my way for promoting them).

As great as Google is, Lexis and Westlaw has it beat with respect to the sophistication of search connectors. On Lexis and Westlaw, I can search for documents with words in the same sentence - for example, tuna /s can - which will retrieve both "can of tuna" and "tuna fish can" . I can also search for words within the same paragraph - for example, tuna /p brand - which will retrieve discussions of various brands of tuna, as long as the two words are in the same paragraph.

I hope Google gets my hint. Time for a snack.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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