A very useful source for research, NYTimes .com Topics Pages, was reported in the February 2009 issue of The Cyberskeptic’s Guide to Internet Research.  According to Times Topics,

Each topic page collects all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on topics ranging from Madonna to Myanmar[…]

Times Topics also includes links to key documents, speeches and reports.  You can find Topic pages by using the alphabetical index at the top of page, by clicking on hyperlinks within news stories or by entering terms in the website search bar. 

This is an excellent start for research on “more than 14,000 subjects.”  Some topics like the Credit Crisis, are covered more thoroughly than others like Organic Gardening; however all include links to archived news stories going back to 1981.

I love the simplicity and comfort of Google, but have to always remind myself that no one search engine covers all the web.  There are many other search engines out there, and thanks to LibrarianInBlack for pointing out to the latest Top 100 Alternative Search Engines from AltSearchEngines.  Yes, there are some conflicting opinions about whether there really are even 100 good search engines, and you can read the comments on the post for that discussion. 

Meanwhile, there are dozens of places to explore the many facets of search, but here are a couple you may want to check out: ResourceShelf and SearchEngineLand.

Traffic increases from search engines has led The New York Times to stop charging for online access to TimeSelect and other portions of the site, according to a NYT article published September 18, Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site.  TimesSelect includes “the work of its columnists and to the newspaper’s archives.” Other portions to be made available September 18 at midnight include “its archives from 1987 to the present […] as well as those from 1851 to 1922.  Some materials from 1923 to 1986 will still be subject to charge.

The change, according to The Times, was that “many more readers started coming to the site from search engines and links on other sites instead of coming directly to NYTimes.com.  These indirect readers, unable to get access to articles behind the pay wall and less likely to pay subscription fees than the more loyal direct users, were seen as opportunities for more page views and increased advertising revenue.”

“What wasn’t anticipated was the explosion in how much of our traffic would be generated by Google, by Yahoo and some others,” said Vivian L. Schiller, senior vice president and general manager of the site, NYTimes.com.

So, Lexis or Westlaw may be perfect for searching across the archives of a number of newspapers at once, but if you are looking specifically for a New York Times article, check the NYTimes.com first.  You may just find it for free.

There are a few resources you can check for information about state court judges in New Jersey.  The first place to start if you know the year in which the judge was appointed  is the web site of the New Jersey Judiciary.  Biographical information can often be found in the press release issued by the court

Another source to check is the New Jersey Court Guides at the web site of the New Jersey Law Journal.

Although these guides are not updated past the date of publication, they are based on interviews with the judges and include reviews of significant cases presided over by them.  A subscription to the New Jersey Law Journal is required for access.

Guide to the New Jersey Supreme Court, February 16, 2004

Guide to the Superior Court Appellate Division, March 15, 2002.

And don’t forget, information about their temperament and judicial philosphy can often be gleaned from the opinions they’ve written.   To find opinions written by a particular judge, select the appropriate court database in Lexis or Westlaw and use the following fields in your search:

Lexis:         writtenby(smith)

Westlaw:   op(smith)

Here’s an excellent article by Jenkins Law Library’s Internet Librarian, Dan Giancaterino, about the online resources available from your local library. The article, Better Than Google: Libraries Offer Online Databases With Quality Information — For Free, was published in the Spring 2007 issue of The Philadelphia Lawyer, p.56, and discusses how you might find information on 14 million companies from ReferenceUSA, the schematic for your car’s electrical system from the Auto Repair Reference Center and the full text of articles from the New York Times, all for free.

If you have a membership cards for your local library, such as the Free Library of Philadelphia, you can access databases and services covering news, biographies, science, and more, from home or work. From the Free Library’s site, you may even download audiobooks and music to your pc and transfer to your MP3 player.  Click here for a list of databases available at the Free Library.  You are eligible for a membership card if you “live, work, pays taxes, or go to school in the City of Philadelphia.”  Click here to apply for a card, or check out your local libray today!

Doing more with Google!

March 7, 2007

For a review of some recent posts about things you an do with Google, check out WisBlawg’s post, Google Tips and Tricks.   Bonnie Shucha from the University of Wisconsin Law Library cites to several sources which discuss ways to use Google beyond the simple search, including:

Revealing the Invisible Web

January 10, 2007

Looking to learn more about “The Invisible Web,” those web pages not retrieved by search engines?  The Ultimate Guide to the Invisible Web from the Online Education Database is worth a look.  Particularly interesting is the section entitled, 15 Invisible Web Search Tools, including:

 Thanks to Librarian in Black for reporting on this one.