In this installment of Webinars for Busy Lawyers, Catherine Sanders Reach will share what lawyers need to know to use Google Search as the powerful research tool it can be — in 35 minutes.
Google Search may seem simple on the surface, but underneath that unassuming white screen lives a variety of advanced search tools. The IAALS survey on educating tomorrow’s lawyers reveals that lawyers are expected to know how to effectively research. Adding symbols, combining search terms, omitting certain results and using Google’s built in filters helps get you the results you’re looking for in minutes, not hours.
You can find Google’s quick list to help refine your searches here.
You can expect this webinar to cover:
- Google search techniques, including Boolean expressions and natural language search
- The advanced search interface and learn how to construct search with special symbols
- How to search in specific types of sources, such as government, news, images and video
About the Expert
Catherine Sanders Reach is Director for the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association, providing practice technology and management assistance to lawyers and legal professionals. Formerly she was Director, Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association and the Director at the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center. Prior to her work at the NCBA, CBA and ABA she worked in library and information science environments for a number of years, working at Ross and Hardies as a librarian. She received a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1997.
Ms. Reach’s professional activities include articles published in Law Practice magazine, Law Technology News and GPSolo Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. She has given presentations on the use of technology in law firms for national bar conferences, state and local bar associations and organizations such as the National Association of Bar Council and the Association of American Law Schools. In 2011 she was selected to be one of the inaugural Fastcase 50, celebrating 50 innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the field of law and in 2013 became a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. She served on the ABA TECHSHOW Board from 2007-2009, 2014-2016 and is co-vice chair in 2019.
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The following earlier posts redirect here: “That’s a Wicked Google-y!: Refine Your Googling with Search Operators and Latent Functionality;” “Doing More With Google”