LexisWeb

lexisweb.pngLexis has released a web search page, LexisWeb, that offers, in effect, federated searching across an unspecified number of law-related web pages from sites vetted by Lexis editorial staff.

From the user guide [PDF]:

The Lexis Web product includes important, legal-oriented Web content selected and validated by the LexisNexis editorial staff. You can trust that all content has met LexisNexis criteria for being authoritative and accurate. The current beta version combines content from thousands of Web sites and millions of Web pages, with more being added each day:

• Governmental agency information (federal, state, local)
• Informal commentary on legal issues (e.g., blogs specifically for lawyers and legal professionals)
• General Web information about legal topics

There’s a method provided for filtering results by various facets, each of which is expandable to offer “sub-facets” for a further filtering.

The web search is free for the present.

As a side note, it would seem that Slaw is one of their trusted sites, because a search for “slaw” turns up some 13,000 results, mostly from our blog.

[via Law Librarian Blog]

Comments

  1. Reminds me of a more powerful FeeFieFoeFirm.com! The law-specific aggregation is nice, and the faceted search is a big improvement over typical legal search engines (like Thomson-Findlaw’s Lawcrawler). But, after searching on a few topics and comparing them to Google, I didn’t find the non-Lexis content any better. It’s in “beta”, of course, but the search facets have the same problem you highlighted elsewhere, which is that Ontario, California, content appears when you limit by our province. In light of the American Bar Association’s latest technology survey results, showing greater use of free research sites, perhaps this is a good way for LexisNexis to position itself in the middle. [Law Librarian Blog] It would be nice to see them enhance it by pulling in free Lexisone.com primary law content.

  2. Looks like our blog, Law is Cool also shows up in the LexisWeb search…

    That makes me a little uncomfortable, since as law students, our site is not “authoritative” nor “accurate.”

    While I like to think that we know what we’re talking about, I am also realistic and I am the first to admit that we often don’t. :)